If you have missing, stained, or broken teeth, you can get them easily replaced with the help of dental crowns. A dental crown wraps the part of a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. It is fixed on the tooth after the application of a layer of dental cement. A crown fortifies the tooth and restores the looks and the functionality of a natural tooth. It is made out of materials like metal and zirconia. Porcelain is one of the most common materials used.
The uses of a crown vary from restoration of a broken or a grossly decayed tooth to reinforcement of a weak tooth. It can be used to cap a tooth with a very bulky filling, conceal crooked or tinted teeth, or for an aesthetic up-gradation. Crowns are used in conjunction with other components for installation of dental bridges and dental implants.
What are the reasons behind the popularity of porcelain crowns?
- One of the prime reasons is that porcelain crown mimics the natural tooth quite closely and makes it difficult to distinguish between original and artificial tooth.
- Porcelain crowns have a great esthetic appeal so they are an ideal option for restoration of decayed or damaged front teeth.
- They are a safer option for those who are allergic to metal.
- They can be used in people who have the habit of grinding or clenching their teeth.
- Crowns are an essential component in the functioning of dental implants and bridges. They hold the dentures in position.
- They allow the correct contact of upper and lower teeth thereby give a correct bite.
- Unlike metal-fused crowns, porcelain crowns do not display any dark line at the gum margins.