Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain Crowns

A porcelain crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a damaged, broken, or worn tooth. Crowns cover all the surfaces of the tooth and restore both structure and function. Dental crowns are usually made up of a bunch of materials such as metal, gold, resin, ceramic, etc. While metal crowns are more popular due to their strength, porcelain crowns are preferred for teeth that will be visible when smiling since they are more natural-looking.

Porcelain Crown Uses

Porcelain Crown – Types

Porcelain crowns are mainly of two types – PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns and all-ceramic crowns. PFM crowns have a metal base and are covered with a layer of tooth-colored porcelain to make them more aesthetic. They have more strength when compared to all-porcelain crowns and are given in the posterior teeth since they have to withstand higher forces.

All-porcelain crowns are made of translucent porcelain all over and have a higher aesthetic value. They are mostly used to cover the front teeth since with PFM crowns, a thin metal margin is always visible. This renders them unsuitable for any teeth that are visible when smiling. However, the downside is that they lack the strength of PFM crowns.

Porcelain Crown – Advantages

Porcelain Crown – Disadvantages

On average, porcelain crowns last about 5-15 years. The durability of the crown depends on the patient’s oral hygiene, habits, and lifestyle. While they tend to undergo regular wear and tear, poor oral hygiene and bad habits accelerate the damage caused to dental crowns. If the crowns are cared for and maintained properly, they can last anywhere from 25 to 30 years.

You can increase the longevity of your porcelain crown by –

If you have a damaged, broken, or decayed tooth, or simply want to get a more radiant smile, get in touch with Anoka Dental today. Call (763) 421-4002 to schedule an appointment.