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Esthetic Porcelain Crowns, Also Known As Caps

June 15, 2017
Posted By: Orchards Dental
Dental Crowns Edmonton AB

Porcelain dental crowns (or caps) can restore teeth to enhance aesthetics and feel natural.  

What is a crown?

Dental crowns also called "caps", cover three or more surfaces of teeth to give enhanced strength and aesthetics. For natural teeth, crowns act as helmets to protect against biting forces in teeth that are prone to damage and fracture. Crowns are recommended for teeth that are structurally weakened, for example, teeth with large fillings, cracks or fractures. By covering the natural tooth, crowns can also be used to change tooth colour and shape. Modern porcelain crowns can achieve excellent strength, longevity, and aesthetics for your teeth.

Why choose a crown made of porcelain?

Porcelain crowns can be used to customize your tooth's appearance. Crowns made of only porcelain will have a glassy translucent appearance that mimics natural teeth. You won't be worried about any dark shadow around the gum line with porcelain crowns as they do not contain metal. Porcelain crowns are biocompatible and will not cause any kind of metal related irritation. Porcelain crowns can also be bonded to the natural tooth structure, which greatly decreases chances of it falling off. Porcelain crowns are great for fixing front teeth and enhancing your smile.  

What are the alternatives to porcelain crowns?

  • Large tooth coloured fillings which are metal free and can closely match your natural tooth shade. Although less costly, flings can only seal the tooth and do not protect it like crowns do.
  • Metal (or gold) crowns which will protect the tooth.
  • Porcelain fused to metal crowns which have two layers--a thin layer of opaque metal for strength and a thin overlying layer of porcelain for esthetics. Over time, the significantly thinner layer of porcelain may wear or chip.

What is the procedure for getting a crown?

If your tooth is suitable for a crown, the entire procedure is simple. The tooth will be prepared by removing around 1 mm of tooth structure from the tooth surface to make room for the crown material. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth during the same appointment while your crown is made and customized in a lab. Around one week later, your crown will be ready to be placed permanently on the tooth. Book your appointment today to see if a porcelain crown is right for you.