Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
Dental crowns are a type of tooth restoration that can protect and strengthen damaged teeth. They are especially useful when a tooth has been broken, chipped, or cracked due to trauma or decay. Porcelain crowns, in particular, are a popular choice because they are tooth-colored and can blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
In addition to providing tooth protection, dental crowns can also improve the appearance of your smile through cosmetic enhancement. If you have a discolored or misshapen tooth, a porcelain crown can be made to match the size, shape, and color of your surrounding teeth, resulting in a natural-looking, beautiful smile.
At Silvertooth and Whinery Family Dental, we understand that a dental crown may be recommended for a variety of reasons, such as restoring broken or fractured teeth, replacing large fillings, or providing extra support for a tooth that has undergone a root canal. With our expertise in cosmetic dentistry, we can also use dental crowns to enhance your smile and improve your self-confidence.
What are Porcelain Crowns
While porcelain crowns are a popular choice for dental restorations, there are several types of dental crowns that can be used depending on your specific needs and preferences. Some of the different types of crowns include:
- Ceramic Crowns: These are made from porcelain or other ceramic materials and are popular for their natural-looking appearance. They are ideal for front teeth, but not as durable as other materials.
- Gold Crowns: Gold crowns are highly durable and can withstand heavy biting and chewing forces. They are often used for back teeth and have a long lifespan. However, their metallic appearance makes them less popular for cosmetic reasons.
- Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns: These crowns combine the strength of metal with the natural-looking appearance of porcelain. However, over time, the metal can show through the porcelain and make the crown appear darker.
- Resin Crowns: These crowns are made from a type of dental resin and are a more affordable option than other types of crowns. However, they are less durable and may need to be replaced more frequently.
- Zirconia Crowns: These crowns are made from a strong and durable material called zirconia, which is also used for dental implants. They are highly resistant to chipping and cracking, making them a good choice for back teeth.
At Silvertooth and Whinery Family Dental, we may recommend a dental crown for the following reasons:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- The tooth has a root canal.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Porcelain crowns offer many benefits, including:
One of the primary reasons patients choose porcelain crowns is to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile. We can match porcelain crowns to the color of your natural teeth so they look and feel natural.
Porcelain crowns are very durable and can last between 5 and 15 years. With proper care and maintenance, they can last even longer. Unlike other dental restorations, porcelain crowns will not discolor over time.
Improved oral health
Porcelain crowns not only improve the appearance of your teeth but also strengthen them. This helps improve your oral health and prevent further damage to your teeth.
Crowns help relieve discomfort
Another benefit of porcelain crowns is that they can help relieve discomfort. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, a crown can help to protect it from further damage and alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.
Crowns are custom-made for you
The best thing about porcelain crowns is that they are custom-made for you. This means that they will fit your teeth perfectly and look completely natural. There won't be any gaps or spaces between your teeth and the crowns.
If you think you may need a porcelain crown, call Silvertooth and Whinery Family Dental today at (903) 662-7420 to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions and help you decide if a dental crown is right for you.
Who is a good candidate?
The good news is that almost everyone is a good candidate for a dental crown. The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Here are some factors that your dentist will consider when determining whether you are a good candidate for dental crowns:
- Tooth Damage: Dental crowns are typically used to restore teeth that are severely damaged, decayed, or weakened. If you have a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or otherwise compromised, a dental crown may be a good option to restore its strength and function.
- Tooth Location: The location of the damaged tooth will also play a role in whether a dental crown is a good option. For example, front teeth may require a more aesthetically pleasing restoration, while back teeth may require a more durable option to withstand biting and chewing forces.
- Oral Health: To be a good candidate for dental crowns, you should have good overall oral health. This may involve treating any existing dental problems, such as gum disease or cavities, before proceeding with crown placement.
- Commitment to Oral Care: In order for dental crowns to last, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. If you're committed to taking care of your teeth and gums, you may be a good candidate for this type of treatment.
What does getting a crown involve?
Once you and your dentist have decided that a dental crown is the best treatment option for your tooth, the next step is to prepare the tooth for the crown. This process typically involves the following steps:
- Numbing the Tooth: Before the preparation begins, your dentist will numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Tooth Preparation: Once you are numb, your dentist will remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape it so that the crown can fit securely over it. This may involve removing some of the tooth structure to create space for the crown.
- Impression: After the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will take an impression or mold of the tooth and the surrounding area. This will be used to create a custom crown that fits your tooth precisely.
- Temporary Crown: While the permanent crown is being made, your dentist may place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it and maintain its function and appearance.
- Crown Placement: Once the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown over the prepared tooth. They will then make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the crown fits comfortably and functions properly.
How long does it take to place dental crowns?
The entire process usually takes two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will take impressions of your teeth and place a temporary crown. The permanent crown will be ready about two weeks later. On the second visit, we will remove the temporary crown, check the fit of the permanent crown, and cement it into place.
How should I care for my new dental crown?
Proper care and maintenance of your dental crown are crucial for its longevity and effectiveness. Although dental crowns are strong and durable, they still require the same level of attention and care as your natural teeth. Here are some tips on how to care for your dental crown:
- Brushing: Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, including the area around the crown. Make sure to brush gently and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging the crown or causing any gum irritation.
- Flossing: Floss at least once a day to remove any plaque or debris that may have accumulated around the crown. Use a floss threader to clean under the crown if necessary.
- Regular Checkups: Regular dental checkups are important to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. During these appointments, your dentist will check the crown and the surrounding teeth for any signs of decay or damage.
- Limit Sugary Snacks and Drinks: Sugary snacks and drinks can contribute to tooth decay and compromise the health of your dental crown. Limit your intake of these items and be sure to rinse your mouth with water after consuming them.
- Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage the crown and cause irritation to the gums. It's recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth and crown.
- Replace Your Toothbrush: Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush can be less effective at cleaning your teeth and can cause damage to your crown and gums.
What are the risks associated with dental crowns?
Dental crowns are generally considered a safe and effective solution for many dental problems. However, as with any dental procedure, there are some risks associated with getting a dental crown. The most common risk is that the crown may not fit properly, which can cause pain or discomfort. In rare cases, the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures after the crown is placed. If you experience any of these issues, it's important to contact your dentist right away to address the problem.
Another potential risk of getting a dental crown is that it may need to be replaced at some point in the future. While crowns are durable and long-lasting, they may eventually wear down or become damaged, requiring replacement. However, with proper care and maintenance, a well-fitted crown can last for many years.
If you are considering getting a dental crown, it's important to speak with your dentist to discuss any potential risks or concerns. Your dentist can help you determine if a crown is the best solution for your particular dental problem and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
At Silvertooth and Whinery Family Dental, our team of experienced dental professionals is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and personalized attention. We offer a range of dental services, including dental crowns, and are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
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