Many people consider the smile to be one of the most important physical features. When teeth become damaged as a result of injury or decay, it cannot only affect a patient’s oral health but can also have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the smile. When teeth have been weakened, the structure of the tooth has been compromised, or significant cosmetic flaws are present, cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen may recommend to her Orange County patients porcelain crowns treatment. For those who are candidates, porcelain crowns can replace damaged or weakened tooth enamel in order to restore oral functions while enhancing the aesthetics of the smile.
Porcelain crowns are a versatile dental treatment. Porcelain crowns restore a damaged tooth by replacing tooth enamel that has been damaged or destroyed by surrounding the tooth with strong, natural-looking porcelain material that also serves to protect the tooth from further damage. Because of the restorative power and aesthetic enhancement of porcelain crowns, just about any patient with a tooth that has been significantly compromised in strength, structure, or appearance can benefit from the application of a porcelain crown. Candidates for porcelain crowns include those with the following imperfections:
- Moderate to advanced stages of tooth decay that cannot be adequately treated with a dental filling
- A tooth that has been weakened by decay or tooth erosion and is vulnerable to injury or decay
- Chips, cracks, or fractures as the result of a traumatic injury or blow to the face
- A “dead” tooth as the result of injury
- Significant cosmetic blemishes such as chips, stains, or discoloration
- A tooth with a filling that has fallen out or become damaged
- Tooth pain or severe tooth sensitivity
- Decreased oral function due to tooth damage, such as difficulty drinking, eating, or speaking
In all of these situations, a porcelain crown can be applied to enhance the strength, function, and aesthetics of the tooth while preventing further development of the damage. The porcelain material that is used to fabricate these crowns offers superior strength, blends in seamlessly with the color of the natural teeth, and is free of mercury and metals, which is especially ideal for those patients with allergies.
For some patients, there are multiple oral health problems that require treatment. While porcelain crowns are ideal for strengthening just a few damaged teeth, those with additional issues will benefit from a wider range of services. We offer these patients full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction is a treatment process that is customized to best meet the oral needs of each of our patients. Treatments that are included in full mouth reconstruction are aimed at enhancing the health and beauty of the smile and may include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other dental restorations.
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Porcelain crowns are just one of the treatments that are available to strengthen and enhance the teeth. If you are looking to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen to learn how we can help. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.