A “cap” placed over the tooth, a dental crown covers the tooth to improve shape, size, strength, and appearance. Unlike the metallic dental crowns, porcelain crowns are color matched to your adjacent teeth to look like a natural tooth. Don’t get a crown that’s going to stick out like a sore thumb. St. Bethlehem Dental Care offers porcelain crowns to blend right in with your regular teeth to give you the most natural looking smile.
Dental crowns are used to:
- Protect weak teeth
- Restore broken or worn down teeth
- Protect a tooth with a large filing
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
- Make cosmetic changes
For children, dental crowns are used to:
- Save damaged teeth
- Protect high risk teeth
In just two visits, we can prepare your porcelain crown by examining and preparing the tooth and then placing the permanent crown. After the tooth and surrounding gum tissue is numbed, we will file down the tooth to make room for the crown. Using a paste or putty, we will create an impression of the tooth as well as impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth, so the crown doesn’t affect your bite. A temporary crown will be placed on the prepared tooth to cover and protect it while the porcelain crown is being made. Approximately two to three weeks later, the crown will be made and sent back to us for placement. We will choose the shade that closely matches the color of your natural teeth. During the second visit, we will remove the temporary crown, check the fit and color of the permanent crown, and cement it into place. Sometimes anesthetic is used to number the tooth and surrounding area before permanent placement.
On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years depending on the amount of “wear and tear,” how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits including grinding, clinching, chewing ice, etc.
The crown doesn’t protect it from decay and gum disease, so good oral health should continue to be practiced including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with a mouthwash at least once a day.
If you need a crown, don’t settle for metal. Porcelain crowns can provide you the necessary protection while keeping your smile natural.