Porcelain Crowns vs Ceramic Crowns
People seeking to restore their teeth and improve their natural appearance may consider porcelain crowns. These are dental restorations that serve many purposes such as reshaping a tooth, fixing failed large fillings, and anchoring dental bridges. Porcelain crowns make a good alternative to metal-fabricated, otherwise known as ceramic, crowns. They are a choice for many people because they provide an aesthetic benefit since they resemble real teeth. When you come to our office seeking restorations for your front teeth, our dental specialist may recommend porcelain crowns. Our team at Summercrest Dental will conduct an examination to see if porcelain crowns are a suitable treatment for you or you need other options. Often we do not fit porcelain crowns in the molar area, particularly because this region receives a lot of pressure from the molars through chewing. That pressure can easily damage the crowns.
Why Get Porcelain Crowns?
Many things can necessitate porcelain crowns, for example, tooth decay or damage of teeth from trauma. Crowns help repair and protect decayed or damaged teeth. If you are seeking an anchor for bridges, you may want to consider porcelain crowns. Crowns also help reshape a crooked tooth in a bid to enhance your smile. If you have large fillings and they have come loose or fallen out, then you can get porcelain crowns. Our dentist will first remove the remaining filling before installing the crowns. Additionally, you may need crowns if you previously received a root canal procedure to help protect your teeth or bite.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
In most cases, the porcelain crown installation procedure involves two appointments. In your first visit, our dentist will prepare the teeth intended to receive the crown. The dentist identifies and removes any weakened part of the tooth. The specialist takes impressions that function as a model to fabricate the crown. A temporary crown is installed to protect the damaged or decayed teeth as you wait for the regular crowns. It is in the second visit that the dentist removes the temporary crowns and installs the permanent, custom-made ones.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Most patients love porcelain crowns simply because they are transparent. They provide a natural look and resemble real teeth. Some patients report allergic reactions to metal-based crowns, however, porcelain crowns rarely cause any allergies. Also, these crowns are biodegradable, meaning they are environmentally friendly. The restorations help reduce sensitivity.
Taking Care of Porcelain Crowns
Your porcelain crowns can serve you for almost 15 years or so with good care. However, the lifespan of these restorations depends on the level of wear they undergo in addition to the care you give them. Make sure you make trips to our dental office for checkups of these restorations to see how they are functioning.
Maintaining good oral hygiene comes in handy if you want to improve the health of your teeth and gums after receiving porcelain crowns. Brush and floss to help keep gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay at bay. Last but not least, avoid biting down on hard objects and foods or chewing sticky foods since they could damage your restorations.
Come meet our team at Summercrest Dental to evaluate your candidacy for porcelain crowns. Give us a call today at (503) 649-7701 to request a consultation.