Crowns are the treatment of choice in situations where tooth decay has destroyed most of the tooth, when trauma has caused damage, or in cases of severe enamel erosion. They are also a great option for people who grind and clench their teeth to the point of deterioration. Dental porcelain can be sculpted to look like natural tooth enamel, while providing both durability and resilience.
As an Accredited Dentist, choosing the right lab with the right material is an important step when considering porcelain. Dr. Amanda Seay guarantees her caliber of porcelain work for a number of years. Because a crown replaces the entire external portion of the tooth, porcelain crowns are an excellent choice for restoring a damaged tooth to its proper form and function. With Dr. Seay, crowns are not limited to simply replacing the original tooth – they can even be designed to create a superior, more desirable esthetic appearance.
Veneers are thin, custom-made moldings that cover the fronts of unsightly teeth. Like porcelain, they are to be made with the correct technique and materials. They are crafted from tooth-colored, high-tech materials to portray a bright but natural smile.
Patients should consider veneers as an alternative to traditional crowns. While thinner and smaller, they cover unattractive gaps and can mask stained, misshapen, or crooked teeth. Veneers may be your best option if a tooth appears to have a healthy, stable structure but the need for small changes are still evident.
Veneers, like all porcelain work, are intended to last for many years. However, in contrast to most bonding materials, veneers will not change color over time. Because a small amount of tooth is reduced to fit the veneers, the process is irreversible. Individualized consultations provided by Dr. Seay will help to determine approximately how long your veneers will last.
Benefits of Veneers
1. Realistic Appearance – Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to distinguish between veneers and natural teeth.
2. Stain-Resistant – Custom-made veneers resist stains from coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke. They are made from high-tech, extremely durable materials that are easy to polish.
3. Perfect Match – A minimal amount of the natural tooth must be altered to fit the veneer. Veneers can be matched to make even the darkest teeth appear to be bright white.
4. Ease Of Use – Minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps can be quickly and easily corrected through the use of veneers.
Maintaining Your Veneers and Crowns
When considering veneers or crowns, there are some important points to keep in mind before undergoing treatment. Like natural teeth, it’s important to remember to brush and floss regularly to prevent decay. Veneers and crowns generally cannot be damaged by abrasion from your toothbrush or floss; however, it is important to choose dental products that help maintain your new porcelain work. We advise continuing with bi-annual cleanings and checkups to keep your oral health up to par. Good oral hygiene, paired with the right products, will ensure that your porcelain remains stable and provides you with a beautiful, resilient smile.
Not unlike natural teeth, patients with veneers are advised to avoid opening nutshells, chewing on bones, or biting down on any other matter that may cause the veneers to chip or crack.