Dental crowns are hard-working little dental restorations that can transform your smile into something strong and attractive. If you are suffering from advanced tooth decay, have a tooth that has sustained a serious injury, or have been worn down over time, then you may be a good candidate for a porcelain crown.
A porcelain crown is a specific type of dental crown and fits securely over the affected tooth, above the gumline, giving you a natural-looking dental restoration. When we here at Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC have a patient in our exam chair with a tooth that is in danger of becoming lost, we are pleased to offer them dental crowns to help preserve their smile.
What is a Porcelain Crown and How is it Fitted?
A porcelain crown, also known as a cap, is a dental restoration that fits securely over a tooth. It can not only improve the appearance of a stained or discolored tooth, but it can also strengthen and reinforce a tooth that has sustained serious damage or decay. While dental crowns can be made of many different types of materials, including metal alloys and resins, we prefer to use porcelain due to the superior nature of the material.
Porcelain has a bad rap, and it sometimes takes some reassurance from us to our patients that it is the best material we can offer for their crown. Many people mistakenly believe that porcelain is fragile, but the reality is, it is quite durable.
Not only is porcelain quite strong and has been demonstrated to last for many years, but it is also attractive and can resemble a real tooth. Not only can we dye porcelain to match your surrounding teeth to blend in seamlessly with your smile, but we can also match the translucence of your teeth.
Porcelain can also be fitted securely to any tooth, even molars. Blocky, chicklet-like teeth are a thing of the past when we introduce our patients to porcelain! They are also resistant to staining, making them a good choice. Porcelain is also quite friendly for patients who have allergies. While some types of crowns are made of metals or alloys, which can cause allergic reactions, porcelain is quite safe.
Fitting a porcelain crown can take up to two appointments to complete. First, we will begin by carefully removing any existing decay from the tooth and removing its outer layer. This will help ensure a good fit. On the other hand, we may also build up a tooth that is about to get a crown to help it stay secure.
We will then cast an impression of your tooth to send to our lab so they can make your crown. While we wait for it to return, which can take up to two weeks, we will fit you with a temporary crown. Once your crown returns to us, and we are all satisfied with it, we will then fit it to your tooth. After any necessary adjustments, we will finally attach it with dental cement and cure it with a special type of light.
Want To Learn More?
A porcelain dental crown is an excellent option for many of our patients who are looking to improve their smile and their self-esteem. To learn more about this procedure, or to set up an appointment with us here at Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, please give us a call at 503-620-2020 today!