Historically, the purpose of a dental crown is to restore function to a damaged tooth. In early dentistry, crowns would be made from gold or metal alloy, which had a silver appearance. While gold crowns are still available today and, in many cases, a wonderful choice for longevity, there has been an evolution through which the appearance of the smile has become extremely important. As such, modern dental treatment, including dental crowns, has had to fit the need for affordable cost, beauty, and long lasting results. In our offices in Pickering, North York, and Scarborough, we are happy to restore outstanding beauty using high quality porcelain dental crowns.
What Is Porcelain?
Porcelain is a ceramic material known for its fragility and delicate beauty. The material has been used for centuries in the creation of beautiful wares and sculptures. Versatile in nature, porcelain can take many forms and does so with grace. Due to the historical uses of porcelain, many would think this material is too delicate for biting and chewing. However, porcelain is an excellent material for dental restorations.
Porcelain In Dentistry
Porcelain is used in dentistry in both restorative and cosmetic care. The reason for the popularity of porcelain over other materials such as composite resin is that porcelain most closely resembles enamel and therefore produces the most natural effect.
Enamel is multifaceted, opalescent in appearance and wonderfully adept and reflecting light. There are, multiple layers of tooth material, with enamel being the hard, outer layer.
Though tooth structure as a whole may appear opaque, the truth is that enamel on its own is translucent. This can be viewed by observing the very end of a front tooth. If you notice, you can see through this area ever so slightly. Near the middle and top of a tooth, enamel covers both dentin and pulp tissue and therefore cannot be seen through. In addition to being translucent, enamel is also multi-coloured, not a single shade of white. In fact, enamel can vary from having a slightly yellow hue to one that is faintly blue or grey. To retain these various natural characteristics of enamel takes technical skill, but also the right material for the job which is porcelain.
Tooth repair does not have to equate to the smile looking less natural. Keep or achieve that “born with it” appearance with beautiful porcelain restorations designed by your dentist in the Greater Toronto area.