A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that your dentist may place over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape, size and strength, or to improve its appearance.
There are several reasons for needing a tooth crown. It could be that you have a broken or fractured tooth, deep decay, a large filling, or a tooth that just had a root canal.
There are two types of porcelain crowns: complete porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). A PFM crown consists of a tooth-colored porcelain layer baked onto a metal core. When a tooth needs a restoration, sometimes the best choice is a porcelain crown.
Both Porcelain and PFM crowns are precision-crafted in a dental laboratory; so many dentists require two or more appointments to restore your tooth with a porcelain crown. Like all crowns, this type of crown covers and protects your tooth.
A PFM crown offers patients many benefits, including:
- Long-lasting durability
- An inner metal core that helps the crown withstand heavy biting surfaces
- An outer porcelain layer that can be made to closely match or improve your natural tooth color
- A porcelain crown may look better, but does not have the durability of a PFM Crown
If you are interested in finding out more about porcelain tooth crowns, contact our Westerville dentists through our website or call us directly at (614) 882-1135. Westerville Dental Associates remains committed to being the very best at providing patients with optimal care, while making them feel right at home.