What to Know About Porcelain Crowns
Have you recently visited our office for an examination and we recommended a porcelain crown as the needed treatment? Porcelain crowns are typically recommended when the damage to a tooth is a little more severe than a filling can fix or veneers can cover. We know that it can be overwhelming when an unfamiliar treatment is suggested, so we want to share some important information about porcelain crowns to help you feel more comfortable.
What is a Porcelain Crown?
When a tooth is damaged, but the tooth root is in place we may suggest the use of a porcelain crown. A porcelain crown is a tooth-colored cap or cover that is placed over your existing tooth to restore the shape, size, and function of the tooth. This strengthens the tooth and protects it from further damage and infection, giving a beautiful aesthetic appearance when you smile. Porcelain crowns are matched to your existing teeth, offering a flawless finish that blends in beautifully with your natural smile. Crowns can last for many years when cared for properly.
Why Would I Need a Crown?
A crown can serve several purposes to restore the function of your tooth. It is commonly used as a treatment option when extreme decay is present and is used to restore the tooth structure before extraction is the only option. Porcelain crowns can also be used to:
- Cover a tooth after a root canal or implant
- Cover a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored
- Replace a tooth with a large filling
- Add strength to a tooth with little tooth structure remaining
- Fix a cracked tooth
Process for Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns cannot be completed in one visit. The first visit will be to remove any existing decay and prepare the tooth for the crown. Impressions of your teeth will be taken during this visit, and a temporary crown will be placed. The impressions will be used to fabricate the permanent crown that will be placed at a later date. When wearing a temporary crown, we suggest avoiding sticky foods and chewing on the opposite side of the mouth. When the permanent crown is completed, it will be placed and checked to ensure that the fit and bite are correct.
If you are located in the Lewisville, TX area and would like more information on dental crowns, please call our office to schedule an appointment today.