Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns are some of the most versatile dental devices available. Dr. Frame, Santa Clara cosmetic dentist, may recommend porcelain crowns for a variety of reasons.
Dental crowns provide support and coverage for damaged teeth that are too worn or do not have enough stability to hold a filling. In this instance, the crown acts as a cap that covers the tooth, preventing further damage or infection. The crown also holds the tooth together and prevents it from falling apart.
Another use of dental crowns is to serve as an artificial tooth. These crowns are placed atop dental implants. These crowns look and feel just like your natural teeth and can last for many years when they are cared for correctly.
Crowns can also help hold a bridge in place. A bridge, together with dental crowns, can be used to replace a missing tooth.
Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. The type of crown that Dr. Frame recommends depends on the position of the tooth and the function of the crown. Porcelain crowns are typically chosen for front teeth or for teeth that are highly visible. The white color helps the crown blend in with the other teeth. Metal crowns are more often chosen for molars or less visible teeth because the metal based crowns makes the crown stronger and more able to withstand more force.
If you need a single crown or multiple crowns for any of these reasons, Dr. Frame will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if porcelain crowns are right for you.
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