Barrington Porcelain Crowns
A crown can be thought of much like a “cap” that is placed over the entire tooth to restore its size, shape or strength. Dr. Bonk may recommend a crown if you have a tooth that is weak from decay, is broken or worn down or if you have a large filling where most of the tooth structure is gone.
Crowns made from both porcelain and metal are used by many dentists because they are strong, can be closely matched to natural teeth color and they are easy to place. There are a few drawbacks, however, with crowns fused to a metal foundation:
- The metal is dark, blocking the transmission of light so teeth often appear opaque and lifeless compared to natural teeth
- The crown’s metal and the opaque can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and is even more noticeable when gums recede
Why All-Porcelain Crowns?
With today’s state of the art technology, cosmetic dentists are now able to bond porcelain crowns directly to teeth without a metal foundation. While they more expensive and many dentists are uncomfortable with the higher level of skill and artistry they require, the end result is a strong tooth that holds up well and is beautifully matched to your natural teeth, leaving you feeling confident to show your smile to the world.
|Photo on the left shows a lifeless and unnatural look as well as a dark line at the gum that results from porcelain fused to metal. In the photo on the right, notice the beautiful, natural look of the teeth after replacing with all porcelain.|
If you have a tooth or teeth that stand out from the rest, making you feel uncomfortable about your smile, Dr. Bonk can evaluate your situation to see if a porcelain crown may be right for you. Call us or make an appointment online for a consultation.