Dental Crowns in Sarasota, FL
All You Need to Know About Porcelain Dental Crowns
An attractive smile doesn’t have to be marred by restoration work, instead we can use porcelain crowns, or caps as they’re often called, to encase the entire tooth surface, restoring both its size and shape. Typically crowns are used to strengthen and protect teeth which can’t be restored using a filling or other form of restoration. In addition they can be used to support dental bridges as well as topping dental implants.
Although crowns can be made from a variety of materials we use porcelain because its natural translucency closely resembles tooth enamel and in addition it can be shaped, colored, and made the same size as your other teeth to give a seamless appearance. Although porcelain crowns are very durable and last for several years, like many restorations they may eventually need replacing.
Reasons to get a crown:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Large fillings
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Tooth has undergone root canal treatment
Usually the procedure for a crown necessitates two visits to the dental office. The first appointment will involve taking several impressions which are used to create a custom crown. A temporary crown will also be made and this will be worn for a couple of weeks until your permanent crown has been created by the dental laboratory.
You’ll be given a local anaesthetic in order for the dentist to remove any decay and to shape the surface of the tooth so that the crown will fit properly. You’ll also be provided with a temporary crown to wear, while the permanent crown is being fabricated.
At the second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, your tooth cleaned, and your permanent crown cemented firmly into place, taking care to ensure accurate spacing and an even bite.
Replacing missing teeth
Sometimes if a patient is missing one or more teeth then we may suggest a porcelain bridge. This is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, which are used to anchor the bridge, together with a false porcelain tooth or teeth in the middle.
A porcelain crown is bonded permanently to a tooth to enhance its appearance and strengthen it. Once placed, then similar to your natural teeth, all that’s needed is regular brushing and flossing combined with six monthly dental checks, to keep your crown in tip top condition. If looked after correctly, it can last for up to 15 years.
If you’re considering porcelain crowns or want to know if they’re suitable for your individual dental needs, then please get in touch with us by calling 941-921-4654 or booking a consultation online. We look forward to meeting you.