Crowns are a great restorative option that provides functional and cosmetic benefits. Crowns are a cap that completely encapsulates your damaged or decayed tooth. One of the most popular materials that we use at Rockton Dental for dental crowns is porcelain. A porcelain crown will protect your tooth and give you a natural-looking restoration.
The procedure of placing a crown is relatively simple but will generally take two separate visits. During your initial visit, our team will conduct a thorough oral exam and assess the damaged tooth. They will make a mold of the tooth, which is sent to a lab to create your crown. Our professional will discuss the materials available during this visit.
Once your crown comes back from the lab, which usually takes several weeks, our team will contact you for the follow-up visit. When you return, our professional will start by administering a local anesthetic. They will then remove the damaged portion of your tooth. After the decayed material is gone and your tooth is filed down, they will place your porcelain crown with dental cement.
When Are Porcelain Crowns Used?
Crowns are used for one of two main reasons. They are used to cover and protect a damaged tooth and they are also used to install dental bridges. When being used on a damaged tooth, the goal is to avoid the need to completely extract the natural tooth. A crown placed for this purpose will be used in conjunction with other restorations, such as a filling.
A dental bridge is one or more false teeth that are most commonly attached with a crown at each side of the gap in your teeth. Porcelain crowns are used for these restorations because they can easily be color-matched to your adjacent teeth and will blend seamlessly with your smile.
There are two types of porcelain crowns: all porcelain and porcelain fused to metal crowns. All-porcelain crowns provide the most natural look and are safe for patients with metal allergies. Combination crowns that use a metal core and a porcelain shell are more durable and can be color-matched as well. However, the metal core can sometimes cause the combination crown to be slightly darker, depending on the shade of your teeth.
What Are the Benefits?
Porcelain crowns are most appealing when you want a seamless restoration. Metal crowns are more durable than porcelain crowns but will carry the natural color of the metal used to make them and cannot be color-matched. Porcelain crowns are also used in conjunction with dental implants to provide you with a new set of teeth.
While they are not as durable as metal, porcelain crowns still provide years of reliable use. According to WebMD, porcelain crowns can last approximately ten years. They can last even longer with good oral hygiene practices and regular oral exams. If your crown is placed on a dental implant, our team can easily replace them once they have become damaged beyond repair.
If you are ready to learn more about porcelain crowns and find out if they are right for you, then it is time to come see our team at Rockton Dental. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (815) 624-3269.