Can Porcelain Crowns Save Your Teeth?
Are you afraid your teeth are too damaged to be saved?
Fortunately, advancements in dentistry have provided a solution that will not only restore your teeth but make your smile sparkling white as well.
Porcelain crowns are an aesthetically pleasing solution to weak and damaged teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, this solution gives you a pearly-white smile and protects your teeth from further damage.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are “caps” that go on your teeth. They are placed on your teeth after your teeth have been shaped.
This procedure is only used on teeth that cannot otherwise be restored with more conservative procedures and should only be performed by an experienced dental professional.
In many cases, porcelain crowns are used not only to hide cosmetic issues but also to improve a tooth by protecting it from cavities, weakening, and tooth loss.
Porcelain is not the only material crowns can be made from, but by far, it is the most aesthetically pleasing. Metal and gold alloys are also common materials used for crowns, and even though they are more durable, these crowns are usually avoided because they do not look natural. However, porcelain crowns look more like natural teeth.
If the tooth that needs a crown is not visible when you smile, you can opt for gold or metal crowns if durability is your primary concern.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for a Porcelain Crown?
Porcelain crowns are not suitable for everyone, but they may be needed in the following situations:
- If root canals have been performed on severely damaged teeth
- If your teeth have been weakened by tooth decay
- If your teeth are broken or worn out
- If you have a large filling that is too big
- If a dental bridge needs to be held in place
- If you have a dental implant that needs to be covered up
How It Works
Usually, it takes 2-3 appointments to place a dental crown on a patient.
On the first visit, the dentist will:
- Prepare the tooth for the porcelain crown by shaping it
- Take the impression of the tooth and send the impression to the laboratory
- Put a temporary crown in place
Fortunately, the whole process is painless.
A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth during the shaping process, but if you have had a root canal on the tooth, anesthetics will not be needed because you will not feel any pain.
On the second visit, the dentist will:
- Remove the temporary crown
- Check the fit
- Check the appearance
When it comes to modifications of the crown, the size, shape, and color can be changed on the spot. Make sure you ask all questions you may have before the porcelain crowns are cemented.
After the crown is cemented, the color cannot be modified.
Your dentist may ask you to come back in a few weeks after the porcelain crowns have been placed for a follow-up. In the meantime, you may experience some pain and sensitivity until your gums adjust to the crowns. In this case, you may use an over-the-counter painkiller to relieve any discomfort and pain.
Porcelain crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing option, but you should keep in mind that even though porcelain is sturdy, it is not as sturdy as your natural tooth. If you decide to eat crunchy foods such as nuts or hard candy, make sure you use your teeth that do not have any porcelain crowns. Otherwise, your porcelain teeth may be chipped or cracked while chewing.
A stronger crown made from gold or other metals can be put in place if the tooth is not noticeable and in the back your mouth so you can chew hard foods without worry.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent any risk of complication as well.
How Long do Porcelain Crowns Last?
The longevity of porcelain crowns is determined by the precision with which the crown is fitted on the underlying tooth.
An inexperienced dentist may put you at risk of developing bacteria near the root of the crown if it is not fitted properly. Usually, a well-fitted porcelain crown should last decades.
Porcelain crowns are an excellent solution to severely damaged teeth, but in many cases, more conservatives procedures can be used to restore your teeth as well.
Unsure of your current dental diagnosis? Get a free second opinion from us and find out if porcelain crowns are the best solution for you as well as what you can do to keep your teeth healthy and strong!
What is the time frame for this procedure?
This procedure can be completed in as few as two visits.