If a tooth needs a more dramatic improvement than veneers, composite bonding, or enamel shaping can provide, crowns are a great option!
Maybe you’ve had a root canal, or have a tooth with a large area of decay (cavity), or even a tooth that’s fractured. If so, these kinds of restorations are used to provide full coverage and added strength to damaged teeth that need to be restored. It’s like a brand new start for your tooth!
At Schultz Family Dental, we offer crowns in a variety of materials, based on your individual needs, for the longest-lasting and most beautiful results.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are the leading choice to esthetically restore damaged teeth, and can offer 360 degrees of coverage for teeth that have been damaged from decay, grinding, fracture, or a root canal. These crowns are often used when a traditional filling or other restoration may not be an option. Porcelain crowns can help to:
- Restore tooth structure lost by grinding
- Help strengthen a restored tooth
- Improve the appearance of a tooth
- Relieve pain from damage (i.e. cracks or fractures)
Two appointments are usually necessary to create a porcelain crown. During your first visit, the tooth will be prepared for the crown, by removing a small amount of tooth structure (1 to 2 millimeters, to be exact!). An impression of the tooth will then be taken and sent to our lab, for a custom-made restoration to be created to fit your tooth. While you wait, a temporary crown is made for your tooth, in the comfort of our office.
During a second visit, your temporary crown will be removed, and your custom porcelain crown will be placed and examined for perfection in your mouth. A digital x-ray will be taken to ensure correct fit, and any adjustments made to ensure your comfort. Once the crown fits properly, it will then be cemented into place.
Caring for Your Porcelain Crown
After you receive a porcelain crown, it’s important to avoid biting or chewing hard items or foods, as this can damage the crown. Regular hygiene habits and maintenance appointments should also be followed, to ensure a clean and healthy mouth, as well as a successful restoration.
If you think you may be a good candidate for a porcelain crown, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment!
See our crowns smile gallery here.