For people seeking to restore the shape, size, and function of their front teeth, porcelain crowns are an option. Porcelain crowns are translucent and look like your natural white teeth. Many individuals like to use them to cover blemishes and damages to their front teeth. Since porcelain material can easily fracture in comparison to metal, you need to avoid using it within the molar region. Usually, the teeth at the back of the mouth are used to chew food and can put too much pressure on the porcelain, causing it to break or fracture. Our team at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS understands that a natural-looking smile is what makes people happy. Therefore, we recommend porcelain crowns to mask cracks, stains, and other defects found in front teeth.
When to Receive Porcelain Crowns
Dental crowns are simply caps that our dentist puts above the damaged teeth and are used to cover, protect, and restore the shape of teeth in a situation where fillings do not seem to resolve the problem. Porcelain crowns cover parts of the tooth, particularly above the gum line. This way, they help protect weak teeth against decay. Additionally, porcelain crowns may be used in a cracked tooth to help clip together the areas that are cracked. A dentist may use porcelain crowns to restore a broken or badly worn-out tooth. Besides, these crowns help cover and mask discolored or misshapen teeth.
Once you receive a dental bridge, you may wear crowns to reinforce or hold it in place. Often, you may receive a crown if your tooth contains a large filling, but has little structure left. Covering the tooth using a crown provides support and cover. At other times, porcelain crowns serve preventive purposes and cosmetics. For people who have sensitive teeth and cavities, fitting crowns can help stop further decay.
Procedure for Fitting Porcelain Crowns
You need about two visits to a dentist to have the procedure completed. When you come to our dental office, our dentist examines your teeth. This way, it helps determine if you are a candidate for crowns. The dentist numbs the area where a crown will be fitted and files down the surface of the tooth to prepare it for the crown placement. In situations where the surface of the tooth is highly worn out due to decay or maybe injury, a filling procedure is performed to build up the tooth. Dental filling not only provides support but also prevents entry of bacteria and plaque.
After prepping the tooth surface, the dentist takes impressions for adjacent teeth. Additionally, the dentist matches the crown color to that of the other teeth. Initially, you may get a temporary crown that helps protect your mouth during the period you are waiting for the fabrication of the permanent crown. Once the permanent crown has been constructed, which often takes a couple of weeks, you will come back for fitting. The dentist takes away the temporary crown and fits the new one. With the aid of dental cement, the crown is held in place.
Caring for Porcelain Crowns
Depending on how you care for the crowns, they may last for up to 15 years. You need to make sure that you receive your dental checkups and have the crowns inspected. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for the health of your bite. Brushing and flossing prevent bad breath, gum disease, and decay. You need to avoid biting down on hard things or chewing sticky foods.
To find out more about porcelain crowns and determine if you are a candidate, visit us at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS. Give us a call at (512) 617-3361 for an appointment.