Teeth that are broken or badly worn don’t have to get worse and eventually be extracted. Porcelain crowns from Placerville cosmetic dentist Dr. Hastings can help save and beautifully restore your teeth.
What Is a Porcelain Crown?
Many people refer to a dental crown as a “cap.” A crown covers and protects the entire tooth, from the gumline to the biting surface. Crowns are also used in a dental bridge or are secured to dental implants.
Why They Look So Natural
Originally, porcelain crowns were made with a metal foundation to give them strength. Since porcelain is translucent, the metal core eventually shows through as a dark line at your gumline. The color of the porcelain can be altered to try to prevent the metal from showing through, but often the result is a pasty white color that doesn’t look natural.
Improvements in dental technology have resulted in durable, all-porcelain crowns. Crowns that don’t have a metal foundation reflect variations of color and translucence, just like natural teeth. Porcelain can be sculpted into a crown that perfectly blends with the shape, size, and characteristics of your surrounding natural teeth.
The Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain can be manipulated to reflect the color and translucence of your natural teeth.
- They are durable and strong.
- They don’t have metal framework, so no dark line will show at your gumline.
- Unlike crowns with a metal foundation that can make your teeth sensitive to heat and cold, they insulate your teeth from changes in temperature.
Tooth Restoration from a Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Hastings is a cosmetic dentistry accreditation examiner, and past president (2014-2015), of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He understands the art of dentistry and how to beautifully restore teeth with porcelain crowns. Each year Dr. Hastings participates in over 100 hours of continuing education to help him use the most advanced techniques and tools to give you an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Take a look at the before-and-after pictures below of his beautiful work. Dr. Hastings used two dental bridges to replace this patient’s missing teeth, anchored with crowns on the adjacent natural teeth. This restoration for our patient beautifully matches the color, shape, and translucence of her natural teeth.
If you are interested in beautifully restoring your teeth with porcelain crowns, call us to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.