Porcelain crowns have been used to restore broken and failing teeth for centuries. Advancements in dentistry have revolutionized the use of crowns and now they are among the most versatile and widely used dental treatments. Dr. Keith Kelley uses porcelain crowns to help his patients achieve attractive, healthy smiles. These durable shells of porcelain cover the entire surface of a prepared tooth to stop decay and prevent further damage. Porcelain crowns are also used to restore dental implants.
Are You a Candidate?
When seeking any kind of dental care, there are a number of factors to consider when determining which treatments will produce the most success. Dr. Kelley believes that thorough pre-planning and a detailed care plan for each of his valuable patients is one of the keys to superior results. During your initial consultation at the Center for Family Dentistry, a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone will determine whether porcelain crowns are your best option. You may be a candidate if:
- You have undergone root canal therapy
- Trauma or decay has caused your tooth to weaken or break
- You suffered an infection that compromised your tooth's overall structure
- You are displeased with the size, shape, or general appearance of a tooth
- You have received dental implants
In some cases, porcelain crowns can even be used for children whose teeth are threatened by decay, or who have trouble maintaining their oral hygiene.
Which Type of Crown is Right for You?
Another aspect of the porcelain crowns procedure that differs for each patient is the type of crown that will be used. Just a few years ago, replacing a damaged or decaying tooth meant using a metal to strengthen and restore it. Unfortunately, metal crowns don't blend in with the rest of your teeth, and react differently to changes in temperature than tooth enamel, resulting in uncomfortable sensitivity. Porcelain-fused-to-metal and all-ceramic or porcelain crowns have become the most popular due to their natural appearance and function.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be matched to your natural teeth, but the underlying metal frame has the potential to show through along the gum line. All-ceramic or porcelain crowns, however, look the most natural and are great for patients with metal allergies. As with every other aspect of your treatment, the type of crowns we use will depend on your personal goals and individual needs.
Learn More about Troy Porcelain Crowns
Our Troy cosmetic dentistry practice is dedicated to improving the form, function, and aesthetics of your smile in any way we can. Each step of the way, Dr. Kelley and his team of highly trained professionals will ensure that you're receiving the best care. From your consultation and evaluation, to the day we send you home with a brand new smile, it is our goal to improve your health and happiness. Porcelain crowns are an excellent solution for our patients who don't wish to live with a broken smile any longer. For our Troy dental implant patients, crowns can be attached the the implant's abutment. If you would like to learn more about our services, contact Dr. Kelley today.