Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover or "cap" a damaged or weakened tooth. They are custom-made to match your natural teeth' color, shape, and size, providing functional and aesthetic benefits. At Danny Shiri DDS, dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials.
Porcelain crowns restore and strengthen teeth with significant decay, fractures, cracks, large fillings, or extensive enamel erosion. They can also improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. Porcelain dental crowns are highly regarded for their natural and lifelike appearance. The porcelain material used in these crowns can be customized to match your surrounding teeth' color, shape, and translucency, resulting in a seamless and aesthetically pleasing restoration.
Types of Dental Crowns
These crowns are famous due to their ability to closely mimic natural teeth' appearance. They are often recommended for front teeth or more visible mouth areas.
Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal (PFM) Crowns
These crowns have a metal framework covered by a layer of porcelain. The metal provides strength and support, while the porcelain provides a natural-looking appearance. They are commonly used for back teeth.
These crowns are typically made from gold alloy, base metal alloy, or other non-precious metals. They are known for their durability and strength, making them suitable for back teeth that require significant chewing force. However, their metallic appearance makes them less desirable for visible areas.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
The process of getting a porcelain dental crown usually requires two dental visits. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay or existing restoration and reshaping it to accommodate the crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is then taken, which serves as a model for the dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is checked for fit, shape, and color. Once approved, it is cemented or bonded onto the prepared tooth using a dental adhesive.
The Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth in color, texture, and translucency, restoring a natural appearance.
- The underlying metal framework provides strength and stability, making porcelain crowns suitable for restoring front and back teeth.
- Crowns protect and strengthen weakened or damaged teeth, preventing further decay or fracture.
- Crowns restore the tooth's functionality, allowing for proper biting, chewing, and speaking.
- Porcelain dental crowns can last many years with proper care and maintenance.
Porcelain dental crowns offer both functional and cosmetic benefits, providing a durable and natural-looking solution for restoring and enhancing the appearance of damaged or discolored teeth. Contact Danny Shiri DDS, at 6310 San Vicente Blvd Ste 295, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or call (323) 935-9102 to learn more about porcelain dental crowns.