Porcelain Tooth Crown
Porcelain has become a popular material for most dental appliances because of its ability to restore the patient’s teeth to their former immaculate, natural appearance. The same can’t be said for metallic crows, and that’s why Dr. Christianne Lee and her team at Irvine Dentistry recommends porcelain crowns for aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry purposes. Porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth, making them ideal when the front tooth needs repair. Before having crowns placed, it’s advisable to ensure you schedule a regular visit to the dentist to ensure your teeth and general oral health is in perfect condition.
There are many reasons why dental crowns are recommended, from tooth decay to trauma-related damage. Our professional dental team recommends porcelain crowns if you have incurred a tooth injury, need an anchor for a dental bridge, and to protect a tooth after a root canal procedure, among other reasons. Although porcelain crowns serve the same purpose as metallic ones, you are guaranteed a durable and strong replacement when an expert does the procedure.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Using porcelain crowns is one of the best forms of restorative dentistry for restoring your smile from tooth damage. They have a custom fit, as the doctor uses your impressions to mold a perfect and comfortable fit. People use them to cover any form of tooth damage and thus improve their overall outlook. The process of porcelain crown requires a professional for the best and long-lasting results. We are professional dentists at Irvine Dentistry, where we handle porcelain crowns, among other dental issues. Feel free to visit us today.
What is a Porcelain Jacket Crown?
As the name suggests, a porcelain jacket crown covers the affected tooth, protecting it from decay and further damage. The main difference between veneers and this type of crown is that veneers are usually bonded to the front and around the teeth, while porcelain jacket crowns cover the entire affected area. Jacket crowns are suited for the anterior, making them an excellent alternative to veneers. Before any dental appliance is placed, a comprehensive assessment is done to assess your viability. That’s why it’s important to consult professional practitioners for guaranteed quality, safety, and a higher success rate.
Porcelain VS Metal Crowns
Metal-based crowns are made of chromium, cobalt, nickel-chromium, and other dental-prescribed metal. Over the years, metal crowns have been used in dentistry because of their durability and resistance to wear and tear, which is not the case for porcelain crowns. We recommend having metal crowns placed at the back of the mouth where they are out of sight.
Dentists can use either for the anterior and posterior teeth, and they are usually recommended for patients who are allergic to metal or those who prefer something less conspicuous. On the other hand, porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth and come in two forms: all-porcelain and all-ceramic. It is important to schedule an appointment with us to determine if crowns are suitable for you.
What to Consider While Choosing a Porcelain Crown
The color of your surrounding teeth determine the crown you choose, to ensure that there is almost a perfect match, for a consistent look. Considering the position of the tooth and gums are also crucial, to determine whether it is appropriate for crowns. Other factors include the extent of visibility of the crown and the number of teeth remaining in your mouth.
Benefits of Using Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns mimic the natural teeth and thus add to the aesthetic value. Most people consider using them since they are hard to notice. Since porcelain crowns do not consist of any metal, they are ideal for use without any allergic reactions. They are also highly reliable in enhancing alignment for dental correction, providing you with the confidence of use. Any person can comfortably use them and are advantageous for people with fewer teeth in their mouth. Finally, they ensure reduced teeth sensitivity apart from their aesthetic nature.
How Long Should You Wear a Porcelain Crown?
The amount of time you take wearing a crown depends entirely on you. You can choose to wear it for one day, maybe while attending a significant function. You can wear a temporary crown, where the dentist uses an adhesive to attach and comes out with ease when there is a need. There are also permanent crowns, with the design to serve you forever, with the right care routine.
Caring for Porcelain Crowns
The care you provide your teeth after any other dental procedure matches the crowns as well. Brush at least twice a day and be gentle to avoid messing with it. Ensure that you floss daily and avoid foods that might crack the crown. Night mouth guards are also a recommendation if you suffer from bruxism, to keep the crown in the right shape. There is a need for frequent dental checkups, to determine its progress and alleviate any possible health risks.
Porcelain Crown Installation Procedure
Successful installation of porcelain crowns does not take place in a day. It can be between two to six months, and thus requires your patience. A porcelain crown is usually placed in two sessions since the first appointment focuses on tooth preparation. During the first session, Dr. Christianne Lee will identify and remove damaged and weak parts of the tooth before taking impressions to help fit a temporary crown. Once an acrylic temporary crown has been fitted, a second appointment will be scheduled two weeks after. The second appointment involves removing the temporary crown, and a custom-made crown is fitted in its place.
Patients should schedule follow-up appointments after the customized crown is placed to ensure everything is in good condition. A comprehensive oral hygiene routine is recommended to help patients maintain optimal oral health and avoid potential dental complications.
Schedule an Appointment for a Porcelain Crown Today!
With no doubt, you can come visit Dr. Christianne Lee and her dental team here at Irvine Dentistry in Irvine, CA for a personalized crown installation and after-care services. Our telephone is also always open for calls, for any inquiries and appointment booking. You can reach us at (949) 656-2933.