When a tooth is severely damaged, it might not be possible to restore it with a filling. In this case our dentist at the Smile Boutique Group will suggest a porcelain crown which will completely cover your tooth, protecting it from further damage. Porcelain crowns are sometimes called dental crowns or even caps because they ‘cap’ or cover up teeth.
When Would I Need a Porcelain Crown?
A porcelain crown might be the best choice if you have a tooth that is very badly decayed, or which has become chipped or cracked, affecting much of its structure. Porcelain crowns are often used to protect teeth that have received root canal therapy and where a lot of the tooth’s original structure has been destroyed. When your tooth is very badly damaged then it becomes weaker and less able to withstand the forces created when biting and chewing, and of course it might not look as attractive as you’d wish. Covering up the tooth with a crown will restore its structure and strength, and its appearance. After treatment is completed you will be able to use your tooth normally and it will look as good as new. Sometimes a porcelain crown can also be used to cover up a tooth that is badly stained or which is simply too small or isn’t quite the right shape.
What is the Procedure for a Dental Crown?
After your initial consultation, our dentist will prepare your tooth, first numbing it to ensure you feel comfortable during your appointment. All damaged areas and any tooth decay will be removed, and the tooth is carefully shaped to receive a porcelain crown. Next, a detailed impression is taken of the tooth and is used to custom-make your new crown, selecting porcelains that closely match your natural teeth. While your crown is being made, your tooth will be protected with a temporary crown. Your new crown will be fitted at your next appointment and is permanently bonded in place.
Will My New Crown Look Natural?
Each crown is hand-crafted to look natural yet cosmetically appealing using the most advanced porcelains. These are entirely metal-free, so light is transmitted through the crowns in a way that is very similar to natural teeth. All-ceramic crowns are strong, durable and look extremely beautiful. They can be fabricated in several different ways depending on the ceramic material selected by our dentist. This choice will depend on the location of your crown. For example, teeth that are subjected to greater biting pressures may need an all-ceramic crown made from zirconia which is an incredibly strong material whereas this might not be so necessary when restoring a front tooth that will only come under limited pressure. We can place all-ceramic crowns anywhere in the mouth, creating an excellent cosmetic effect while ensuring you can confidently bite and chew food.
How Do I Look After My Porcelain Crown?
Your new porcelain crown is very easy to care for and can simply be brushed and flossed exactly like a natural tooth. It is important to have regular hygiene appointments as professional cleanings will help prolong the natural life of your crown. Regular dental checkups allow our dentist at the Smile Boutique Group to monitor its condition. With the proper care, your crown should provide many years of trouble-free use before it needs replacing. Would you like a beautiful new crown? Contact the Smile Boutique Group to discover more about all of our solutions.