Porcelain crowns are a great way to make teeth look better and hide chips, while also shoring up their structure due to weakness from trauma, decay, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco uses two types of porcelain crowns, all-porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal. All-porcelain crowns have great advantages over the alternatives in some regards, but have a couple disadvantages, also.
Porcelain crowns are the most real looking crowns on the market. They are also virtually impervious to staining, so they will keep that same natural appearance for their lifetime. Also, compared to the most popular type of crowns, resin, they are less likely to develop small fissures that will compromise their integrity. There are also a great option for people with a metal allergy.
Porcelain crowns tend to wear down the teeth next to them more than their metal or resin counterparts, while also commanding a heftier price-tag. They are generally recommended for use on the front teeth because of their natural appearance because they are not as strong as either all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal alternatives for the molars.
Our expert in porcelain crowns in San Francisco can advise you about more of their advantages and disadvantages at a consultation.