Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are often needed when a tooth has become damaged in some way. This might occur because a tooth has broken or cracked, or because you have a large filling in one or more of your teeth. It is not uncommon to need a crown shortly after having a root canal because the tooth is more susceptible to breaking. Porcelain crowns look completely natural while being incredibly durable and resilient.
Why are Porcelain Crowns needed?
You might have broken or cracked a tooth, causing it to become sharp, jagged and even painful. One of your teeth might have a filling in it that is overly large and compromising the integrity of the tooth itself. Another reason for needing a crown is because you’ve recently had a root canal. Regardless of why a porcelain crown may be needed, the restoration looks natural and can last for many years without special care.
Who is a good candidate for Porcelain Crowns?
Most patients who need a crown can and should have one placed. We can perform an examination to determine if a crown is necessary. It is best to have a crown placed sooner rather than later if it is needed. This helps to prevent further damage to the tooth, which could affect surrounding teeth and soft tissues. Crowns are ideal for patients of all ages and with varying dental needs.
What happens during the Porcelain Crown procedure?
We begin by administering local anesthesia to the area being worked on. The tooth is then filed down to a small stump-like abutment so that the new crown can sit comfortably on top. We will then take impressions of your tooth and use these to make your new porcelain crown. Your second appointment involves coming in to have the permanent crown placed. We will adjust the fit and bite of the new crown so that it is more comfortable for you. Your new crown should not require any special care in order to keep looking its best.
If you think you might need a porcelain crown, call us today and our friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions.