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If you’re missing one or more teeth and looking for a natural and durable replacement then porcelain crowns just may be the answer that you’ve been looking for. Unlike regular crowns that contain some metal, porcelain crowns are providing people with an even more natural looking smile without any noticeable dark lines along the gum. Porcelain crowns are made entirely of porcelain and while it was once not considered strong enough, new technology has changed that and made porcelain crowns as well as the adhesives used to attach them far more durable so you end up with a strong smile as well as a very natural looking one.
The reason crowns are used in the first place is to restore teeth that are broken or damaged to a point where there is not enough tooth structure left. The crown works as a cap for the broken or damaged tooth and not only makes it more aesthetically pleasing but it also works to protect the tooth from further damage. Crowns are also used with dental implants when you’re replacing a lost tooth or after a root canal to add strength and protection to the tooth. And, crowns can also be used instead of fillings when the cavity is large or you simply want the extra protection that comes from a crown instead of a regular filling. There are also those who use crowns for strictly cosmetic reasons and just want to improve the look of their smile overall. Porcelain crowns certainly do help to make a smile more attractive no matter what your reason for using them.
If you decide that porcelain crowns are the best choice for you then the next step will be to have the tooth prepared for the crown. Usually under a local anesthetic, the dentist will clean the tooth to get rid of any decay and then use a special tool to reshape the tooth. This usually involves tapering it so that the crown will fit over it better. Once the tooth or teeth are prepared the dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a special putty-type material. That mould will be used to create your crown which will be matched to the shape, size and color of your other teeth for the most natural look. In the meantime the dentist will give you a temporary crown to wear until your porcelain crown is ready. Once it is ready you will come in to place it. That appointment will begin with removing the temporary crown and preparing the tooth for the new one. A special treatment is used on the tooth to create a rough surface that the crown will better adhere to. Then, the crown gets placed and if you’re happy with the way it looks the dentist will use a dental cement mixture to attach it into place. Your crown will work just as your teeth do and will require regular brushing and flossing. Crowns can last 10 to 15 years when properly cared for.
If you would like to know more about porcelain crowns, please call our office and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation.