When a tooth is broken, cracked, or very decayed to a point where it can no longer retain a filling, the best cosmetic dentistry solution is a crown. A crown is an artificial replacement or covering for the part of the tooth which extrudes from the gum. Crowns are made of porcelain and are quite thin, and the crown will form a cap to fit snugly over the remains of the tooth.
(In cases where the tooth is still healthy, porcelain dental veneers are likely to be the more appropriate solution, and if the root of the tooth is decayed requiring a full tooth replacement, then dental implants may be the best option.)
Porcelain crowns look extremely natural. At a glance, a crown is completely indistinguishable from a natural tooth. And if it is well made, it will usually withstand even a close inspection by a non-dentist without being spotted as an artificial tooth.
Porcelain crowns completely cover and protect what remains of the natural tooth. They can be preferable to removable appliances and partial dentures, as they will stay in the mouth permanently and so are easier to care for.
No tooth replacements are as good or as long lasting as a natural, healthy tooth in good condition, but porcelain crowns are an excellent solution and are extremely durable. If cared for properly, porcelain crowns can last you 10–20 years or even longer.
Come into Minneapolis Dental for a cosmetic dentistry consultation and find out if porcelain crowns are the best solution for your situation or needs. Or call us today at 612-332-1255. Our office is located on the 14th floor of the 150 South Fifth Street Tower (at 2nd Ave S and 5th St.) – within walking distance for those on the downtown Minneapolis skyway. We also offer complimentary parking!