One of the most frequently relied upon restorative dental solutions are porcelain crowns. Crowns can be used when the teeth are discolored, chipped, or have fractures. Even if the tooth is broken into several pieces, the placed crown can hold them together so the patient can retain their natural tooth which is one of the goals of dentistry. Restorative dentistry always prefers to make efforts to save the tooth because when the oral cavity loses a tooth then a whole slew of conditions and concerns can arise typically leading to expensive, highly invasive dental surgeries to correct.
Crowns are small cap-like appliances which are placed on top of the tooth to help with stability. They can be made from metal or porcelain. In most cases, porcelain crowns are the chosen option because they can be tinted to match the surrounding teeth and blend in with their oral cavity.
Is A Crown Necessary?
Those patients suffering from extensive tooth loss, tooth decay or badly eroded teeth can greatly benefit with a properly placed crown. Through normal wear and tear, teeth can grow weak from disease and decay. When the teeth are weakened, they can greatly deteriorate allowing for further disease and infection to take over. The crown is used to strengthen teeth and cover discolored surfaces. They are also used as the last component of dental implants.
Why a Porcelain Crown?
When given the option, porcelain crowns will likely be chosen every time. This is simply because they are more flexible than metal crowns, offering different types of solutions. They can be tinted to any color and shaped to look like they are natural teeth. Porcelain crowns, if properly taken care of, can last for decades.
It takes two appointments to have a porcelain crown placed because an assessment needs to be done to ensure the placement site is properly prepared by taking away any disease or decay which might be present. We will then formulate a plan moving forward with regard to the proper treatment and placement of the crown. Staff will ensure that there is enough supportive bone structure to warrant a crown placement too.
Lifespan of a Crown
After the crown placement has occurred, it is incredibly important for patients to continue brushing and flossing regularly to not only ensure the health of the crown and tooth but also the rest of the oral cavity. Patients should avoid acidic beverages and foods which can erode the crown.
Those patients who have questions regarding the placement of a crown or would simply like to find out more about them should contact us at 206-791-2020.