One of the best aspects of modern dentistry is the sheer variety of options and techniques that are available for fixing just about any dental issue. Whatever problem a patient has, chances are we’ll be able to pick from multiple choices to create the best possible outcome in their particular situation.
Porcelain crowns are a very popular option for dental work in a number of situations, and they’re one of the solutions we tend to get questions about. So, our Reveal Dental team wanted to quickly address when porcelain crowns are used, why, and some other aspects about them.
Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Crowns
- What are the benefits of porcelain crowns?
In general, porcelain is popular in dentistry because it’s a relatively inexpensive material, it’s easy to work with, it’s fairly strong, and it looks very similar to natural teeth without the need for extensive recoloring. This makes porcelain a sort of “jack of all trades” which dentists often turn to for cosmetic or repair work.
- When are porcelain crowns used?
The most typical scenario is when a tooth has become cracked to the point it’s causing pain, but the soft material within has not become infected. A crown can close the crack and prevent it from getting worse, while providing a stable biting/chewing surface. However, if the material within has become damaged or infected, a root canal and filling may be needed instead.
- How strong are porcelain crowns?
Stronger than you think! We often think of porcelain in terms of things like porcelain cups, which are quite fragile. However, there are different types/grades of porcelain, and what’s used in a cup wouldn’t be used on teeth. Also, there’s the question of the sort of strength teeth need to have. Porcelain is more than enough for typical biting and chewing.
- How long will a porcelain crown last?
Obviously, there can be a lot of variation, depending on the person. However, in general, a porcelain crown can usually last at least 10-15 years – or possibly longer, if they’re well cared-for and the patient doesn’t have any accidents or facial trauma.
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