At Perrinville Family Dentistry, we specialize in esthetic-pleasing, durable restorations that improve the structure and appearance of a damaged tooth. If your tooth has been badly damaged by decay or trauma, we may recommend a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the visible portion of a tooth. These days, you have several options to choose from when considering a dental crown. If you are looking for the very best in aesthetics, then an all-ceramic crown may be the solution for you. All ceramic crowns are typically fabricated using porcelain or zirconia.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
There are several reasons why you may need a dental crown. For instance, a tooth that has a cavity or fracture that is too large for a filling may need to be covered with a crown. We may also suggest a crown after root canal treatment. During a root canal, we remove all or most of the pulpy substance from within the tooth. This can cause the tooth to become weak or brittle, which is why we usually place a crown.
A cracked or broken tooth may also require a dental crown. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, we may recommend a crown to restore the length. Crowns can also be used to change the appearance of an abnormally shaped tooth or to cover a dental implant if a tooth is missing.
Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure is usually split up into two appointments. During your first appointment, Gary J. Jacky, DMD will begin by preparing the tooth. To accommodate the crown, we must completely reshape the tooth’s enamel. This is typically done using a small file or drill. Next, we will make an impression of the newly shaped tooth. This impression will be sent to our dental laboratory, where they will use it to fabricate your final crown.
The fabrication process may take several weeks to complete. In the meantime, we will give you a temporary crown to protect the tooth and restore your ability to chew. Once your final crown is ready, we can schedule your second appointment.
During your second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and check the margins on your final restoration. In some cases, we may need to make some minor adjustments. Once we are pleased with the fit, we will permanently bond the crown to the tooth using a special cement and curing light.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
In addition to their aesthetic value, all ceramic crowns have some advantages over other materials. These days, porcelain and zirconia are more resistant to wear than ever before. With the proper care and maintenance, a ceramic crown can last for decades.
Porcelain is also biocompatible with the human body, reducing the chance of an allergic reaction, unlike metal crowns. A porcelain crown can also be treated as a natural tooth. To ensure the longevity of your restoration, be sure to implement an excellent oral hygiene regimen. Do not forget to schedule routine appointments and cleanings as well!
Schedule a Consultation Appointment
If you would like to learn more about porcelain crowns, call (425) 616-0620, and schedule your consultation appointment today!