Porcelain Crowns & Veneers in Austin, TX
Combining Art & Dentistry
Teeth that have been severely decayed or structurally damaged can be repaired with a restorative appliance known as a dental crown or dental veneers. Patients that are concerned with aesthetics often choose porcelain material, because they can be shaded to match the existing color of your natural teeth. A gold dental crown can also be an ideal choice for teeth in the posterior region of the mouth, such as your molars, where aesthetics is not an issue.
Reasons for a Crown
Dental crowns make it possible for us to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. This is crucial for your overall oral health. Preserving your natural teeth helps to maintain your natural bone structure and prevent any bite or misalignment issues.
We use crowns as a tooth replacement when there is an insufficient amount of natural tooth, as well as:
- To prevent a weak or brittle tooth from fracturing or restore a fractured tooth.
- In some cases, they serve as a cover for a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
- We can even use crowns to improve discolored or poorly shaped teeth.
Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crowns
Porcelain crowns are an excellent option for teeth in your visible smile. They are discrete, offer a realistic appearance, and can improve cosmetic issues. However, porcelain is a more fragile material. It does not offer the same durability and longevity you find with a gold crown. In many cases, porcelain can be a suitable choice for front or back teeth, but we do not recommend porcelain crowns for strength purposes. Patients who grind their teeth are much more likely to receive a gold crown to avoid future issues. Luckily, this usually only applies to teeth in the deepest parts of your mouth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
In most cases, porcelain veneers are the longest lasting and most beautiful way to change the appearance of your teeth. Properly done, they are very conservative of tooth structure, and results can be life-changing for those who want to improve their smile and appearance.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers offer our patients one of the most impressive cosmetic dental options available on the market today. Using porcelain veneers, we can alter your smile in just about any way you can imagine.
Some of the cosmetic issues that porcelain veneers can be used to fix include:
- Teeth that are too close or far apart
- Teeth that are not straight
- Teeth that are cracked or chipped
- Teeth that are stained or yellowing
- Providing a more even aesthetic
- Making small teeth appear larger
- Making large teeth appear smaller
What Does the Procedure Involve?
It usually takes two trips to our office to have veneers placed on your teeth. During the first visit, we will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by shaving off a small amount of the enamel from around your teeth. On your second trip to our office, we will have the porcelain veneers ready to place on your teeth. These veneers are hand crafted and custom-fitted to your teeth.
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