Porcelain crowns are caps that fit over your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and protecting teeth from injury. Durable and virtually indistinguishable from your real teeth, porcelain crowns conceal discolorations, chips, cracks, and other imperfections. Porcelain crowns also support damaged teeth while simultaneously minimizing any pain or discomfort you may experience.
When a tooth is fractured, has a large or old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, Dr. Certner may recommend the placement of a crown. Crowns protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include porcelain-fused-to-metal, Captek, Zirconia, Procera,and all other ceramic crowns. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If Dr Certner notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-20 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.