Whether your tooth damage is from tooth decay, accidents, old age, stain-causing foods, or gum disease, you can benefit from dental crowns. Generally, dental crowns are recommended when there’s significant tooth damage. For minor tooth damage such as tooth cracks or discoloration, alternative treatments such as bonding, fillings, and veneers are recommended.
Usually, dental crowns are made from different materials, including porcelain, resin, zirconia, ceramic, alloys of gold and metals, and more. It’s for a good reason that porcelain dental crowns are possibly the most popular and recommended types of dental crowns. This article will discuss why it’s a good idea to invest in porcelain crowns for your tooth damage.
Commonly, dental crowns are used to solve or address several dental issues, including:
If you’re considering porcelain crowns, you should visit your dentist for an examination. The dentist thoroughly examines your teeth and overall oral health to determine whether you’re suitable for porcelain crowns. If you’re approved for the treatment, your dentist will create an individual treatment plan and schedule the necessary follow-up appointments.
Depending on the type of damage you have, the dentist may have to perform additional procedures. For instance, if you have tooth decay, your dentist will begin by removing the decayed tissue from the tooth through a root canal.
There are numerous benefits of using porcelain crowns. These include:
Porcelain crowns have a natural color. Therefore, they blend well with the rest of your teeth. When placed well, porcelain creates an aesthetically pleasing, natural, and healthy looking smile. Alternative options such as gold and silver crowns are usually unnatural looking and noticeable. Crowns are uniquely customized to fit the size and shape of your tooth, so they will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
While porcelain crowns can make a significant difference in terms of a patient’s appearance, they also prevent further damage to the tooth. For instance, if a weakened tooth isn’t repaired timely, it can weaken further, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Besides improving your facial appearance, porcelain crowns are strong and strengthen weakened teeth. For instance, a tooth can weaken due to decay or gum disease. This makes it uncomfortable and challenging to chew and even speak properly. Placing a crown adds the necessary reinforcement, restoring your bite function.
You don’t have to invest in special dental products or tools to care for porcelain crowns. You will only need to keep up with your usual dental care routine. This includes:
The process of receiving porcelain crowns is straightforward and takes about two appointments at the dental office. On the initial appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth. Tooth shaping may also be necessary so that the crown can fit securely.
The dentist then takes impressions and X-rays of the tooth and sends them to the lab to create the permanent crown. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth. On the second appointment, the dentist replaces the temporary crown with the permanent porcelain crown.
Compared to other types of crowns such as gold crowns, porcelain crowns are cost-effective. In terms of durability, they are very durable. If well placed and maintained, porcelain crowns can serve you for approximately 10 to 15 years before needing any replacement.
Are you interested in porcelain crowns, or would you like to know more about porcelain crowns? Contact Barry J. Cunha to schedule your appointment today.