It is possible to restore the shape, size, and function of the front teeth with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are translucent and appear like natural white teeth. It is common for individuals to use them to conceal blemishes and damage to their front teeth. Porcelain is prone to fracture more easily than metal, so it should not be used in the molar region. The teeth at the back of the mouth are usually used to chew food, which can put excessive pressure on the porcelain and cause it to crack or break. The team at Cramer Dental understands that people are happy when they have a natural-looking smile. We recommend porcelain crowns to conceal cracks, stains, and other defects on the front teeth.
When to Receive Porcelain Crowns
Crowns are simply caps that our dentist places over damaged teeth in a situation where fillings do not seem to resolve the issue. Porcelain crowns cover parts of the tooth above the gum line. As a result, they protect weak teeth from decay. Furthermore, porcelain crowns can be used to fix cracked teeth by filling their cracks. Porcelain crowns can be used to restore a broken or badly worn-out tooth. Additionally, these crowns cover, and mask discolored or misshapen teeth. To reinforce or hold a dental bridge in place, you may wear a crown. You may receive a crown if your tooth has a large filling but little remaining structure. A crown provides support and protection for the tooth. Other times, porcelain crowns are used for cosmetic and preventive reasons. Crowns can help prevent further decay in people with sensitive teeth and cavities.
Procedure for Fitting Porcelain Crowns
It takes about two visits to a dentist for the procedure to be completed. Your teeth are examined by our dentist when you come to our dental office. In this way, it determines whether you are a candidate for crowning. To place a crown, the dentist numbs the tooth's surface and files down its surface to prepare it for the placement of the crown. To restore a tooth that has been severely worn down by decay or injury, a filling procedure is performed. In addition to providing support, dental fillings also prevent bacteria from entering the mouth.
After prepping the tooth surface, the dentist takes impressions of adjacent teeth. Additionally, the dentist matches the crown color to the rest of the teeth. While waiting for the permanent crown to be fabricated, you may get a temporary crown to protect your mouth. After the permanent crown has been constructed, which often takes a couple of weeks, you will come back in for a fitting. The dentist removes the temporary crown and fits the new one. Dental cement holds the crown in place.
Caring for Porcelain Crowns
Depending on how you care for your crowns, they may last for about 15 years. You should schedule regular dental checkups and have your crowns inspected. The health of your bite depends on maintaining good oral hygiene. Flossing and brushing help prevent bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Avoid biting down on hard objects or chewing on sticky foods.
To find out more about porcelain crowns and determine if you are a candidate, visit us at Cramer Dental. Give us a call at (484) 370-4010 for an appointment.