Even if you spend a lifetime trying to take good care of your teeth, they can inevitably break down – whether from decay, fillings, trauma or even just everyday, normal chewing. Dental crowns are custom tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a damaged tooth or implant to restore the look, shape, size, or color.
When it comes to crowns, most people prefer porcelain (tooth colored crowns) because they look and feel the most like a natural teeth – and that is certainly a reason to smile. They are also very durable and will last many years if taken care of properly.
How is a Porcelain Crown Placed?
If you need a porcelain crown, you’ll be schedule for two different appointments. At the first appointment, we’ll shape and prepare the tooth for the crown and then take an impression so that a temporary crown can be cemented to protect the prepared tooth while your permanent crown is being made.
When the permanent crown is ready, you’ll come back to the office to have it placed. If the fit, shape and color of the crown meet your expectations, one of our doctors will permanently cement it into place.
Your porcelain crown will look and feel just like a natural tooth — and you should treat it as such. Regular brushing and flossing will keep it and the surrounding gum tissue clean and healthy. If you are unsure how to floss around your new crown, our hygienist can show you the proper technique. You can eat as you normally would, but take extra care with sticky foods or candies that could potentially harm your crown or make it come loose or fall off altogether.
If you have a damaged, cracked or broken tooth, come in to see us and we’ll evaluate whether a porcelain crown is right for you. Call to set up an appointment or schedule one online.