A dental crown is a common method for restoring a tooth that has become decayed, worn down, or cracked and cannot be corrected with a simple tooth filling as a result of insufficient remaining tooth structure. In some cases an old filling may have expanded and contracted over a period of time, which causes it to separate from the tooth, becoming damaged or weakened. The distorted filling eventually causes a small opening between itself and the tooth, which invariably results in decay. If the filling is not replaced by a crown, the tooth may crack and produce even more serious problems and discomfort.
All-porcelain crowns are white, just like your teeth, so they give your mouth the natural look you want.
- Porcelain crowns are custom crafted to fit over your natural tooth. The crown is bonded to your tooth, covering it entirely and restoring its strength and function.
- Porcelain dental crowns repair and strengthen damaged teeth, and can also be used to give a new surface to discolored or misshapen teeth.
- Porcelain crowns help stop the spread of decay and correct any structural damage.
- A strategically placed crown can also improve the alignment of your bite, thereby preventing other teeth from shifting, and more evenly distributing the pressure placed upon your teeth when you bite or chew.
- Because of the inherent smoothness of porcelain and strength of the bonding process, all-porcelain crowns increase not only the strength but also the life span of the tooth.
Porcelain Crown Placement
Porcelain crown placement typically involves two visits. Your tooth is prepared and shaped, and then impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab creates a model from your impressions and crafts a porcelain crown to fit over your tooth. This crown is then bonded to your tooth. Other than a little sensitivity for a few days, the procedure itself is relatively pain-free.
Technology has now caught up with dental crowns, and our patients in Sacramento can enjoy CEREC, same day, crowns. In just a single visit, you can have a perfect-fitting crown that looks great and functions like a natural tooth. Click here to learn more.
Caring for a Porcelain Crown
All-porcelain crowns are very strong and durable. In many instances they will outlast the biting capacity of your natural teeth, but they still require the same daily care that you give your normal teeth.