Porcelain dental crowns are a popular cosmetic procedure because they look almost exactly like real, healthy, perfectly white teeth. However, the process is permanent, so it may not be the best choice for everyone who needs to improve their smile. Check out these pros and cons of dental crowns to determine if they are the right choice for you.

Pro: They Fix Many Cosmetic Problems

Porcelain dental crowns fix many cosmetic problems, making them great for a single, problematic tooth or an entire smile-makeover. Dental crowns may correct:

  • Mild crookedness
  • Overcrowding
  • Rotated teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Abnormally shaped teeth
  • Teeth with big fillings

Unlike veneers, dental crowns can be used on all teeth, but on front teeth, all-porcelain dental crowns are more common. This type of crown is usually thinner, but they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which are often needed on back teeth. Porcelain and metal crowns still look great, but you may see some metal around the base of the tooth, so you may want to choose porcelain instead.

Pro: They Strengthen Weak Teeth

You may already have one or more dental crowns (metal, composite or porcelain) on a weak tooth. Teeth with severe decay and teeth that have had root canal therapy usually need a crown to prevent further damage. With the crown, the pressure from eating is better distributed across the entire tooth. Without a crown, the pressure can build in one area of the tooth, increasing the risk of breakage.

Porcelain dental crowns are less durable than all-metal, but they still strengthen teeth. If your teeth are weak from a history of poor oral hygiene, porcelain dental crowns may be one of the only ways you can get a great smile. Dental crowns will make the tooth more durable and look great.

Con: Healthy Tooth Tissue Is Removed

Getting any crown is a permanent procedure. In order for the crown to fit and properly bond to your tooth, the dentist will have to remove enamel, and because dental crowns cover the entire tooth, more tissue is removed than with porcelain veneers.

Con: They Aren’t Permanent

Unfortunately, most dental crowns don’t last for the rest of your life. You may need to have your dental crown replaced after 5 to 15 years. The better you care for your teeth, however, the longer the crown will last. A porcelain crown can cost thousands of dollars, so you’ll need to ensure you can afford a replacement.

Con: Crowns May Irritate Gums

The crown protects the tooth well, but you still need to take good care of your teeth. Not only will good dental hygiene reduce wear and tear on the crown, but it will also reduce the risk of receding gums. Crowns can irritate gums, but porcelain crowns are less irritating than metal.

With proper care, however, your gums shouldn’t recede too much or at all because of the crowns. If you don’t take care of your teeth, the gums may pull away from the gums, creating pockets. This exposes the tooth’s root, which isn’t protected by enamel or the crown. Plaque or bacteria could get under the crown. On the back teeth, receding gums also expose more of the metal around the base of the tooth.

Dental crowns are often needed to save a tooth, but if you have cosmetic concerns, they can also be a great way to improve your entire smile. With proper care, they can last a long time. For more information about porcelain dental crowns, contact us at Pembroke Pines Dental today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and walk you through your options.