Dental crowns are one option Dr. C may use to restore and improve your smile. Dental crowns are also used to protect and strengthen your teeth. A crown may also be placed after a root canal or to hold a dental bridge in place. While there are many different materials used to create crowns, porcelain crowns give you the most natural appearance. Porcelain crowns are strong, and a good choice for front teeth since the porcelain material mimics the look of your natural teeth.
Why Porcelain Crowns Are Placed
There are many reasons Dr. C may choose to place a porcelain crown.
- Damaged or weakened teeth can be strengthened by the placement of a crown.
- Misshapen, chipped, or cracked teeth can be corrected with the placement of a crown.
- A tooth many need the protection of a crown after a root canal. This is because a large amount of decayed tissue may need to be removed and a crown will help strengthen and protect the tooth after treatment.
- Tooth decay may have caused a significant amount of damage to the tooth and a filling is not enough, a porcelain crown will help to restore and strengthen the tooth and protect it from further damage.
Porcelain Crown Placement Procedure
The placement of your new porcelain crown is done in a two-step procedure. At your first visit Dr. C will examine your teeth and gums, take x-rays, administer local anesthesia, and shape the tooth which is to receive a crown. Next an impression is made of the tooth with a putty like substance. The impression is then sent off to the lab so that your new porcelain crown may be created. If the tooth is badly damaged the doctor may perform a root canal to protect and save the tooth. A temporary crown is then placed to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
At your next visit the temporary crown is removed and the new crown is checked for fit and color. Then your new permanent porcelain crown is placed and cemented into place. Once your new crown is placed it will look and feel just like your natural tooth.
Care of Your New Porcelain Crown
Your new porcelain crown will look and feel similar to your natural tooth, only stronger. While your new porcelain crown is strong and stain resistant, care for your new crown is important. Care for your new crown with regular dental checkups and at home dental care. Brush and floss regularly and use a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay. With proper care your new crown will last many years.
Call or contact Chelkowski Dentistry today and ask about porcelain crowns. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing from you very soon.