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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Not sure which type of crown is right for you? Dr. R. Brad Beasley, who practices cosmetic dentistry at Beasley Dentistry in Athens, AL dental crownsand serving Huntsville, AL, explains how you can benefit from a porcelain crown.

What are crowns?

Crowns, also called caps, are hollow restorations that slip over teeth. They not only offer stability, but also improve the appearance of your teeth. Weak, damaged or cracked teeth are more likely to fracture, which can result in tooth loss if the break is severe. Adding a crown to your tooth prevents painful fractures that can ruin the look and function of your teeth.

Sometimes, there are no warning signs before a tooth breaks. If you already have a broken tooth, a crown provides a simple way to restore it. Crowns are also used to hide discolorations, lengthen short teeth and conceal imperfections, such as discolorations, bumps and crooked teeth.

Why should I choose a porcelain crown in Huntsville?

If you're considering a crown, you'll probably be offered two options: porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations. Porcelain-fused-to-metal was the only crown type available for many years. Thanks to its metal base, the crown can withstand years of wear and tear.

Although porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns certainly have benefits, they also have two drawbacks that many patients don't like. Porcelain is an excellent choice for crowns because it reflects light the same way your natural tooth enamel does. Unfortunately, it becomes opaque, rather than translucent, when it's fused to a metal crown, which can make your new restoration more noticeable than you would like.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns also create an unavoidable dark line at the spot where your tooth meets the gum line. If you're like most people, you want your dental work to blend in with your smile, not stand out.

Choosing a crown made completely of porcelain prevents these problems. Porcelain crowns are extremely durable and are an excellent choice if you would like to retain the natural appearance of your smile.

Porcelain crowns are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry restorations available. If your smile could benefit from a crown, call Dr. Beasley, your Huntsville, AL dentist at Beasley Dentistry, at (888) 860-5114 to schedule an appointment.