What dental problems can porcelain crowns correct?
Porcelain crowns are a successful solution for a range of different dental problems, including teeth that:
- Are moderately to severely decayed
- Have eroded (often due to acid erosion caused by GERD, or bruxism)
- May be cracked and need to be held together
- May be so weak there is a risk of breaking
- Are severely misshapen or noticeably different in size to your others
- May be severely discolored as a result of trauma
When you attend an appointment with us, our dentists will use your dental history as well as a thorough examination of your teeth to determine if a porcelain crown is the best treatment for your dental problem.
How are porcelain crowns fitted?
The process to fit porcelain crowns requires two visits to our offices. The procedures on both days are straightforward, and always performed using a local anesthetic, meaning that you should not experience any pain during the procedure. If you suffer from dental anxiety, it may be possible for you to be sedated. Our dentists are highly understanding of patients with dental anxiety, so please be sure to inquire about sedation options during your consultation appointment.
During your first visit, the tooth that is to accept the new crown needs to be prepared. This involves filing down the natural tooth so that the crown can sit perfectly over the top. This is because all porcelain crowns are designed to a specification which ensures that they are strong enough to withstand daily use, but still have a natural-looking translucency. If there is not enough of the natural tooth left to support the crown, your dentist may build it up using a special resin.
In addition to this, he will also remove any decay, so that the underlying tooth is as healthy as possible before the permanent crown is placed.
After your tooth has been prepared, we will take molds of your teeth. This will be used to create your custom-designed porcelain crown. We will also work with you to determine which shade of porcelain will provide the closest match for your natural teeth.
Finally, you will be given a temporary crown, which you will wear until the final crown is ready. This will only be secured with semi-permanent adhesive, and so you will need to avoid sticky or chewy foods, which could pull the crown loose.
Around a week later, you will return to our offices to have your new, permanent crown fitted. After removing your temporary crown, we will assess the color and fit of your final, permanent one before cementing it in place.
We are passionate about providing our patients with exceptional quality dentistry and care. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in delivering restorative dentistry services, especially with porcelain crowns. If you would like to find out more about this popular treatment, call Vero Dental Spa today for a complimentary consultation.