January 8, 2013

Take Years Off! Rejuvenate Your Smile

Make no mistake – crowns do rejuvenate smiles.  Although the primary purpose of a dental crown is to protect and strengthen teeth, you’ll love your improved great looks, too!

Crowns are an attractive option for teeth that have been severely damaged or weakened by trauma, root canal treatment, or too much filling.  They can also support bridges that fill gaps and be attached to dental implants to rebuild and enhance your smile.

Crowns have come such a long way from all-metal originals, through porcelain fused to metal, and finally to all-ceramic or porcelain.  Today, replacing outdated crowns is a surefire way to take years off your appearance.

There are benefits to all three crown types.  The benefits of all-metal crowns which are usually made of gold, are crowns that are strong and long-lasting and will not wear down opposing teeth.  They can also be made of less expensive metals or a mix of gold and alloy.

In porcelain fused to metal crowns, porcelain creates a natural look that all-metal crowns of course cannot.  Although the metal limits translucency, it adds strength, which is particularly useful and important at the back of the mouth.  In the front of the mouth the issue of translucency can be handled with the artistry of a talented ceramist.  Such artistry in porcelain results in the illusion of translucency.

The benefits of all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns is that translucent porcelain with opalescence looks the closest to natural enamel, and there are no tell-tale dark metal margins at the gumline as sometimes occurs with porcelain fused to metal.  These crowns are strong, long-lasting, and youthful looking.

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