Everything you should know about a porcelain dental crown
A pretty smile is the key to making a good impression. Fractured, damaged or decayed teeth bring sense of discomfort when smiling. Don’t let dental imperfections prevent you from making a great first impression by embracing porcelain dental crown.
What is a porcelain crown? This custom-made cap or crown is used to restore the shape, size, and functions of the tooth. The reason most people prefer porcelain crowns is because it provides extra support and strength, especially to the severely damaged tooth. Unlike dental fillings or veneers, porcelain crowns provide a natural look as they feel and look like natural teeth. Actually, it’s considered as one of the best cosmetic dental procedures for smile enhancement. This makes them ideal for restoring front teeth.
Even though there are several types of dental crowns, you definitely want to choose something durable and natural looking. The porcelain dental crowns used at URBN Dental Midtown or Uptown are both esthetic and durable. If you want a strong dental crown, then you should opt for porcelain due to its strength and look. The only drawback that comes with porcelain crowns is that it is more expensive than a metal crown.
Why do you need Porcelain Crown?
If you are looking for ways to improve your smile, there are three ways you can do it: dental crowns, veneers, and bonding. However, if you are looking for ways to improve dental appearance as well as function, then porcelain crowns will be the more ideal option.
Tooth decay, cavities, and severe tooth damage are some of the reason you may need porcelain crown. You may have heard that dental fillings can fix small teeth fractures, but are fillings able to restore teeth with large cracks and fractures? The answer is no! Dental fillings can only fix minor damages.
There several types of dental crowns and it’s normal to be confused about which crown is right for you. The good thing about porcelain dental crowns is that they can be colored and shaped to feel and look like your natural teeth. This is the same fact that makes people to select them over other dental crowns. Below are some of the reasons your dentist will recommend the use of porcelain crowns;
- To restore the full function of the tooth
- If the tooth is severely damaged
- Covering severe enamel erosion
- To enhance teeth appearance
- To make the tooth look and feel natural
Who is more susceptible to needing a porcelain dental crown?
Food and bacteria are the main causes of tooth decay. As you eat or drink, plaque is likely to form on your teeth and gum. The bacteria found on the plaque will feed on any sugary food you consume, producing acid that then attack the teeth. If the teeth are attacked repeatedly, they will erode causing teeth erosion. The teeth enamel is then destroyed resulting in teeth decay. However, you can avoid such scenarios by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, avoid foods that have high levels of sugar, getting enough fluoride, and not smoking. If you don’t practice the mentioned practices, you will be more susceptible to needing a dental crown.
How do you treat a patient using a dental crown?
Sometimes a tooth cavity or fracture can become too significant for a dental filling to fix. What should a dentist use to restore the structure, function, and appearance of the affected tooth? There is no other way to repair such damage other than dental crowns. Porcelain crowns are the most preferred by both the dentist and patients as discussed above. So, what procedure should a dentist at URBN Dental follow to fix a porcelain crown?
The first step is examining and preparing the tooth for a porcelain crown. During the first visit, the dentist will take a periapical X-ray to help examine the structure (roots and the jawbone) of the tooth being prepped for the porcelain crown to see if there is need of root canal procedure. Root canal treatment should only be administered if the pulp has been damaged by the extensive decay.
The second step is shaping the affected tooth to create room for the crown. This is done by removing part of the outer layer of the tooth (enamel and dentin). In case a large part of the outer surface of the tooth is damaged by decay, the doctor will have to use dental fillings to add support for the porcelain crown
The third step is making the impression. The dentist will use a putty materials to make an impression or a mold of the tooth after it was prepared. This impression is an exact replica of the tooth prepped in the mouth and it enables the dental lab to fabricate a porcelain crown that fits the tooth perfectly. The dentist should also select a natural color that matches the surrounding teeth. The impressions and tooth color is then sent to the lab and within two to three weeks, the dental crown will be ready to cement.
During the first visit, the dentist will make a temporary crown to cover the prepared tooth and protect it until the permanent crown is ready to be seated. A temporary crown is cemented with a temporary cement and therefore it should be cared for when flossing or chewing hard foods. During this period, you should avoid foods that have the ability to pull off the crown such as chewing gum and caramel. Use the other side of the mouth to chew. In other words, minimize the use of the side with temporary crown when chewing or biting.
The final porcelain crown fabricated by the lab is seated at the next appointment. Your dentist may administer anesthesia if necessary before removing the temporary crown. After the tooth is cleaned and the fit and margins are confirmed using an X-ray, the porcelain crown is permanently cemented. The bite is also checked and adjusted as needed to make sure the crown fits well and is not sitting too high.
How to care for porcelain dental crowns? Keeping porcelain crowns clean and looking natural is very simple. You just have brush and floss them regularly just like natural teeth. Also, visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.
What are the symptoms of someone who needs a porcelain dental crown?
As discussed above a porcelain crown helps to restore the functions, shape, structure and appearance of tooth. How can you tell if you need a porcelain crown? Below are the symptoms of someone who needs porcelain crown:
- Severe tooth decay
- Severe tooth damage or fracture
- Weak tooth
- Tooth with a large filling
- Dental bridge
- Severely discolored tooth
- Dental implant
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