October 20, 2017
Having a damaged tooth in the front of your mouth can be stressful. You’re worried about how your smile looks — and you need a treatment that preserves its beauty while renewing your oral health. Your cosmetic dentist can help. Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped restorations made out of a natural-looking material — and they’re a wonderful investment in your lasting, beautiful smile. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns, when a porcelain crown is right, and what the process is like.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that restores the strength and appearance of a weak, worn, decayed, or otherwise damaged tooth. It is created according to the specific dimensions of the affected tooth and bonded securely on top.
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a…
- Broken tooth
- Weak or worn tooth (possibly the result of nighttime tooth grinding)
- Severely decayed tooth
- A tooth with significant cosmetic flaws
- To complete root canal therapy
A Wise Investment
Dental crowns can be made out of a variety of materials, from gold and silver to natural-looking porcelain/ceramic. When you are evaluating your options, you may be confused about which is best for your smile. Your dentist will provide advice related to what’s best for your smile — and for teeth located in the front of the mouth, that means porcelain.
Dental porcelain is a sturdy material that looks, acts, and feels just like your natural tooth enamel. It reflects light in the same way and can be customized to match the surrounding teeth perfectly. That means a porcelain crown is your and your dentist’s little secret.
With proper care, a porcelain restoration can also last for many years. Make sure you continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, and visit your dentist as recommended for routine checkups. Avoid biting directly into hard or crunchy foods with a dental crown located in the front of the smile — crowns are strong, but it’s better not to put any undue pressure on the surface.
What Is the Process for a Porcelain Dental Crown?
If you choose a gold or silver crown, you can expect the treatment to be carried out over the course of at least two visits to the dentist. That’s because the tooth has to be reshaped and an impression taken before the crown is manufactured in a separate lab over the period of a couple of weeks. You’ll need to wear a temporary crown in the meantime.
With a porcelain crown, though, you can have the entire process completed in a single appointment. CEREC technology allows your dentist to plan, prepare, manufacture, and place your dental crown from the comfort of their dental practice. There’s no follow-up appointment and no need for a temporary crown — just a beautifully restored, healthy smile!
Now that you know a little bit more about the benefits of porcelain crowns and when they’re best, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist to discuss this beautiful restorative solution!
About the Authors
Dr. Berrada and Dr. Glickman are general and restorative dentists offering comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages in and around Falls Church, VA. To learn more about them or their services, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 703-821-8111.
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