Porcelain Crowns are the solution to broken, fractured teeth, and old large amalgam fillings. Optimum esthetic results can be expected from porcelain crowns, regardless of whether they are replacing a molar or front tooth.
In addition to fixing broken and fractured teeth, porcelain crowns can be used to accomplish many more things. Teeth lightening, gap narrowing, tooth realignments, reducing crowding in the mouth are a few additional benefits of a porcelain crown. They are versatile, meaning they can be used to fix a lot of potential problems that patients might be having.
Fixing tooth problems is only the beginning, they can also be used to improve the outward appearance of teeth. If you are hiding your smile because you aren't feeling secure about the appearance of you teeth, a set of porcelain crowns (also called veneers can be a one-fix-for-all-problems solution.
How Porcelain Crowns are Made
To fit a crown, Doctor MacKay shaves a thin layer off the teeth that are to receive treatment. This prepares them for the crowns. On your first visit, a mold of your teeth is formed, allowing Doctor MacKay and the dental lab technicians to get the perfect shape of your mouth and teeth for the next session. The crowns are then bonded onto your teeth using a bonding agent. Once the bonding process is complete, (which will normally take one session) the patient’s can continue life as normal.
History of Porcelain Crowns
Dental Crowns are very popular because they have an excellent worldwide track record for fixing dental issues. Until recently, crowns were bonded to teeth using a metal-based framework. This was done to ensure so that the crown could withstand the pressures involved with daily chewing of food in the mouth. Now that modern porcelain technology has advanced, porcelain crowns are strong enough even for use on hard working molar teeth. This is a big advantage, because the old metal framework had problems – after a few years a patient's gum line would recede with age, revealing an ugly grey line at the top of the crowned tooth. Due to the color of the metal showing through, it was difficult to make crowned teeth look natural for more than a few years.
By using pure porcelain, crowned teeth are near identical in color of the existing colors inside a patient's mouth, making it nearly impossible for others to discern a crowned tooth from a real one. A dentist will match the color of the crown to the color of teeth already in the patient's mouth. These color and shade specifications are sent to a dental lab to create the tooth with the perfect color and shape. A new custom tooth created using the previously mentioned mold, and patients are always very happy with the results, and their new smile.