4 Reasons to Consider Porcelain Dental Crowns

Many factors lead to an unhealthy or unattractive smile, including genetics, poor eating habits, and a bad
oral hygiene routine. However, many restorative and cosmetic procedures are available to give you back a
beautiful smile.

Porcelain dental crowns are a popular choice among our patients at Snodgrass-King Dental. Porcelain dental
crowns fix many cosmetic and structural issues, making them a great choice for your smile makeover, so check
out these four reasons you should consider porcelain dental crowns.

1. They Are Natural Looking

If you want a brighter smile, you may have considered tooth whitening, but some stains are resistant to
tooth whitening, such as those from trauma. These stains may not be affected by tooth bleaching agents, but
you can hide the stains with porcelain dental crowns. They give the tooth a new surface, which can be colored
to various shades of white.

The material used in porcelain crowns is also natural looking because it has the same translucent
appearance as natural tooth tissue. Most people won’t even notice you have crowns, and because they cover any
fillings too, everyone will think your teeth are naturally healthy.

2. They Fix Many Cosmetic Concerns at Once

Porcelain dental crowns are a great way to fix many cosmetic concerns at once, especially cracks, chips,
and uneven teeth. However, if you have mild crookedness or gapping, dental crowns can also make your teeth
look straight without actually moving them like braces. This makes them a great choice if your teeth are too
weak from major decay for braces and/or you have other cosmetic concerns too.

Porcelain dental crowns are also resistant to stains, so your teeth should stay whiter longer. If they do
begin to show signs of stains, however, they cannot be whitened like normal teeth, so you’ll have to get new

3. They Provide Better Protection for Weak Teeth

Dental crowns are ideal if you have weak teeth from big cracks, chips, decay, fillings, etc. Weak teeth
are more likely to shatter because they have vulnerable spots where the filling meets the tooth or along the
crack. When pressure is applied to the tooth during eating or grinding, it may be too much for the tooth,
causing it to shatter.

A dental crown covers the tooth, creating a new, even surface. This helps strengthen the tooth so it is
less likely to break. Your dentist may even be able to rebuild a shattered tooth and protect it with a crown,
depending on its location. On back teeth, dentists recommend porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns because of their
better durability.

4. They Cover Every Exposed Surface of the Tooth  

Dental crowns also help protect the teeth better than tooth enamel. The dental crown process is permanent
because your teeth’s natural enamel is removed and replaced with the crown. This acts as a great barrier
against bacteria, plaque and tartar, so your tooth is less likely to experience further decay or develop an

It’s important, however, to continue caring for your teeth well because the teeth are exposed at the gum
line. If irritation to the gums causes them to recede, bacteria may reach the tooth. It can even get under
the crown or attack the crown.

Porcelain dental crowns are a great choice if you want to drastically improve the overall appearance of
your smile, especially if your teeth are weak. Even with porcelain dental crowns, however, the only way to
keep your smile healthy is with good oral hygiene habits.

If you think dental crowns are the right choice for you, or you would like to know what other cosmetic
services we offer, contact us today to
schedule a consultation