Most dentists would unanimously agree that restoring and saving a natural tooth should always be a top priority. In many cases, the outcome of saving a natural tooth will outweigh the alternative: tooth loss.
There are a number of alternatives for restoring teeth, many of which can yield long-lasting and natural-looking results. Patients who are seeking an experienced dentist serving the 78729 area can schedule a consultation in order to determine the appropriate dental restoration.
Porcelain has been used in dentistry to address both cosmetic and restorative needs for many important reasons. Porcelain is:
- strong enough to withstand normal biting and chewing forces
- not affected by extreme temperature changes or moisture
- resists staining from foods and beverages
- low potential for allergic reaction
- can be customized and shaded to mimic a natural tooth
- can be used to restore front teeth or back teeth
When a tooth has become weakened or compromised due to large fillings, decay, or root canal treatment, a porcelain crown is a great option for restoring the tooth. Porcelain crowns may also be indicated to restore broken teeth, fractured teeth, and dental implants. They are also an appropriate solution for improving the appearance of a tooth that has not developed properly or a tooth that has old or worn fillings.
Your dentist will often recommend a crown when it is necessary to completely cover and protect your tooth. A crown, also known as a cap, covers all surfaces of the tooth and is permanently cemented in place. Patients are able to enjoy porcelain crowns just as they would enjoy a natural tooth, and there are generally no restrictions in terms of caring for the crown.
Although dental crowns can be fabricated from various combinations of materials, porcelain is the most commonly utilized, and your dentist will often recommend it due to its many advantages and beautiful appearance.
To learn more about porcelain crowns and to find out if they are the right choice for you, contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry at 512.200.7422 and schedule your appointment today.