Porcelain crowns are ceramic dental prosthetics designed to encapsulate the entire tooth. Porcelain crowns restore the structure and protect damaged teeth from further deterioration. Our dentist may also prescribe crowns to address severe staining. Before the procedure, our dentist at The OC Smiles Family Dental thoroughly examines the tooth for irregularities. Depending on the condition of the tooth, you may need to address underlying oral health problems first. You will need treatment if you have periodontal disease or pulpal complications.
Initial Assessment for Porcelain Crowns
An initial assessment is conducted during the first visit to the dentist. Our dental specialist will evaluate your expectations for the procedure and provide information about the treatment plan.
A clinical exam and history will determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure. The specialist will consider the dimensions of the tooth and if there is sufficient root structure to support the crown.
Our dental specialist will make impressions of the tooth to determine the precise dimensions. The mold serves as a blueprint for the temporary and permanent crown. Our professional will then place the temporary cap during the first visit.
Placement of Dental Crowns
The dentist will send the mold to the lab to fabricate the final crown. The mold ensures the cap aligns precisely to enhance comfort and function. The specialist will remove the temporary cap and replace it with a permanent porcelain crown.
Our specialist may remove decaying portions of the enamel and leave only healthy tissue. Removing unhealthy sections of the tooth improves the adhesive qualities of the crown. It also ensures the damaged enamel will not chip off after the procedure. The crown is secured onto the tooth with dental cement. The fitted cap is strong enough to reinstate the function of a tooth and protect the tooth from chipping.
When is a Porcelain Crown Required?
Porcelain crowns can be a solution for many dental health problems. It can restore the function of broken teeth to enable you to bite and chew. Our dentist will recommend crowns where other methods are impossible. Porcelain crowns are also suitable for whitening severely discolored teeth. It may be an ideal solution where traditional whitening methods cannot restore the shade of the teeth. You may also need a crown after tooth extraction. Crowns are paired with dental implants to complete the structure of the tooth. The two dental prosthetics work together to regain the function of your teeth and gums.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain has several advantages over other dental crown materials. It is a highly durable ceramic material that can withstand extreme pressure. Porcelain can match the natural color of the tooth, making it a suitable alternative for whitening discolored teeth.
Porcelain is inexpensive compared to silver and gold prostheses. Although it is not as cheap as composite resin, porcelain is stronger and more durable. However, you have to care for it by observing healthy dental habits. If you avoid hard and sticky foods, the porcelain crown can last for many years.
You can consult our dental specialist at The OC Smiles Family Dental for more information on porcelain crowns. Call (971) 447-0093 to book an appointment with our dentist.
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