Porcelain crowns offer the beauty and aesthetic appeal that helps to retain the fullness of your smile. Crowns are often placed when a tooth has been compromised in any way, like when a root canal has been performed or if a tooth has broken or cracked. Porcelain crowns are designed to mimic the look and feel of real teeth, so you can’t even tell that you are missing a tooth and have had to have one placed.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are used to cover a specific tooth that has been compromised in some way. Many people who have had root canals will eventually need a crown because the tooth is more susceptible to cracking and breaking. Crowns are a way to build up a tooth that has been broken down and offers the patient a full smile that they can feel proud to show off.
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Crowns?
It is important that you come in for a comprehensive examination and x-ray to determine if a porcelain crown is right for you. Some of the best candidates for this procedure include:
- Patients who have broken or cracked teeth
- Patients who have recently had a root canal
- Patients who have severe decay that would benefit from a full crown replacement
Benefits of choosing Porcelain Crowns
There are a myriad of benefits to choosing a porcelain crown when compared to other options. Full porcelain crowns offer the aesthetic appeal of a crown without the underlying metal. This is a metal-free option for those who are concerned about metal being put into their mouths. Likewise, you won’t see an unsightly metal band around the gum line. Porcelain is also relatively long-lasting and durable.
What is the process of getting a Porcelain Crown?
At Perspective Dental, we will start by giving you a series of dental x-rays of the area needing the crown. This will help us detect any decay and other factors that could increase the risk of infection or injury to the pulp of the tooth. Once x-rays have been taken, we will need to prepare the tooth in order to make room to receive the porcelain crown.
Preparing the tooth involves shaping the top and sides, and smoothing the tooth. Once the tooth has been properly shaped, an impression of the tooth will be taken in order to specifically create the porcelain crown for you. As soon as the porcelain crown has been created, it will be placed on the tooth and checked for comfort, and then finally cemented on to the tooth. A special curing light will harden the cement quickly, and you will have a new restored tooth.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain crowns, contact us today!