Porcelain crowns give a natural, translucent quality that mimics natural teeth, and as a cosmetic dentistry option, they are hard to beat. Find out more about porcelain crowns at HomeTown Dental at Irving and how they can transform your smile for the better.
When Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown is used for a variety of dental restorations. They can add strength to a tooth that has been weakened by a large filling or root canal and they can restore a tooth that is damaged or broken. They can also take the place of missing teeth as part of a dental bridge or dental implant and they can be used purely cosmetically to cover misshapen, discolored or ugly teeth.
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
Although there are a variety of materials used for dental crowns, porcelain is one of the best options. Its aesthetic qualities are unrivalled and its durability means it will last for years.
Unlike metal crowns, porcelain provides an excellent cosmetic result. Natural teeth have a unique sheen, color, and brightness which porcelain is very good at mimicking. Porcelain crowns can be color-matched, even providing subtleties in shading to match your individual teeth.
Porcelain restorations retain their cosmetic qualities for life. They do not lose their color, and patients do not have to worry about the grey shading of an underlying metal frame showing through the porcelain, which is a problem with porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns.
The strength and durability of porcelain is a versatile material for crowns. It can be used equally as effectively on back teeth as well as the front, and while back teeth may not necessarily be an excellent cosmetic result, porcelain’s strength makes it a good option in this part of the mouth.
With proper care and regular visits to the dentist, porcelain crowns are long-lasting. For most patients, they can last more than 20 years with regular good oral maintenance.
What Does the Procedure for Porcelain Crowns Entail?
Typically, dental crowns usually take two visits to the dentist. At your first visit, we will examine and prepare the tooth so that we can place the permanent crown on your second visit.
Preparing The Tooth
We may take x-rays to check the tooth roots and the surrounding bone of the tooth receiving the crown. Any decay will be removed and filled, but if it is extensive and there is a risk to the pulp in the center of the tooth we may recommend performing a root canal.
To prepare the tooth for the crown, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. The tooth is then pared down and shaped so that there is enough room for the crown to sit comfortably on top. Next, impressions of your mouth are made and sent to the laboratory where your crown is made-to-measure, along with details of the shade that closely matches the neighboring teeth. We will then place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until you come back for the permanent restoration.
At this visit, we will remove the temporary crown and position the permanent crown to check for fit and color. Minor adjustments to the size are made until it feels comfortable and looks good before we cement it permanently in place.
Get in touch with us at HomeTown Dental at Irving to find out more about porcelain crowns. Phone us on (682) 204-5777.