Porcelain dental crowns are one of the most popular types of dental crowns for patients who have problems with damaged teeth due to cavities or cracked and discolored teeth. Porcelain crowns can also be a treatment for missing teeth, for example using the dental bridge method. As with other types of crowns, porcelain crowns also have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Porcelain Crown Advantage
The advantage of installing a porcelain crown to overcome the problem of your partially or almost completely damaged tooth is that your crown will not easily move. It's definitely not very comfortable, right, if you put a dental crown on, which can slide here and there, especially when you eat and talk.
- Not Easy to Dissolve
Porcelain crowns will not easily dissolve in your saliva which contains many substances, this is what makes porcelain crowns also more durable.
- Natural Color
One of the main advantages of porcelain is that the color is almost the same as the natural color of our teeth. So a porcelain crown will not be too flashy in color and will not attract the attention of others, especially if you install a porcelain crown for your front teeth
- Not Easy to Trigger Allergies
Porcelain crowns are also in great demand because they are not easy to interact with the tissues in our mouth, so they won't easily trigger allergic reactions, especially for those who have sensitive tissues.
- Not Easily Damaged
If you take good care, you brush and floss diligently, and you also always control the food and drink that goes into your mouth, porcelain crowns will last longer than other types of crowns. Keep choosing foods that are not too hard and sticky, as well as drinks that don't contain a lot of acid and coloring, such as coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, wine, or drinks that contain high sugar. If treated well, you certainly don't have to go back and forth to the dentist to replace your dental crown.
Disadvantages of Porcelain Crowns
- Can Make Teeth on the Other Side Abraded
If porcelain crowns often rub against natural teeth on the other side, either up or down, over time the enamel on your natural teeth can wear away. To avoid this, you have to be extra careful not to rub your teeth with porcelain crowns on your teeth too often.
- Manufacturing and Installation Techniques That Are Not Easy
One of the reasons why porcelain crowns can be more expensive than other types is because the manufacturing technique takes more time and energy, and so does the installation. Porcelain crowns are also not easy to rearrange if there is an incorrect installation at the beginning, for example the shape or position is not right. Therefore, the installation of this porcelain crown must be extra careful and thorough.
Ref.: Journal of the American Dental Association, online: https://jada.ada.org/action/showPdf?pii=S0002-8177%2814%2965279-X