Dental crowns are artificial caps in the shape and appearance of your natural teeth, which are permanently set on the patient’s properly prepared teeth or on special foundations. This treatment is most often used on teeth with a high degree of damage and discoloration, which cannot be treated with conventional methods, such as a filling or professional cleaning.
Crowns can be made of different materials depending on the patient’s needs. Most often, however, porcelain dental crowns are patients’ and dentists’ first choice as they effectively imitate the natural appearance of their teeth.
Many people still associate dental crowns with distinctive gold or silver teeth. In fact, crowns used to be made entirely of metal, but nowadays, such methods belong in the past. A modern porcelain crown is difficult to distinguish with the naked eye from a natural dentition.
The type of crowns is selected according to the individual needs of each patient and their expected effects. There are no better or worse methods – all of them equally and effectively help patients forget about the unsightely, damaged teeth. With the Cerec OmniCam technology available at Great Lakes Dental Excellence, we can now offer same-day porcelain crowns without the need to make multiple trips to your dentist.
Porcelain crown placement is recommended primarily for patients whose teeth are heavily discolored or damaged, and no other method improves the condition. In addition, you should consider a porcelain crown if you suffer from extensive tooth decay or after a root canal treatment, as a result of which you have lost most of the tooth mass. A porcelain crown is also the best solution for people who have somehow broken or lost one of their teeth.
The primary advantage of a porcelain crown is the durability and natural shade of the cap that matches your real teeth. Even when only a single tooth is placed, for instance due to fracture, the porcelain crown does not differ from the rest of your teeth. In addition, porcelain material does not cause any negative reactions to your mouth or body.
Modern dental prosthetics are safe for patients and allow dentists to effectively change the appearance of even a very damaged or unsightly smile. A porcelain crown can help you regain your confidence.
A properly cared-for porcelain crown can last even up to 20 years, while potential problems appearing earlier should be immediately consulted with our dentist, and if necessary, restored to its proper condition.
In order for the porcelain crown to serve us many happy years, proper daily oral hygiene is absolutely necessary. Brushing twice a day or after each meal with a soft bristle toothbrushes and low-abrasion toothpastes is essential. You might consider investing in a sonic toothbrush that is able to reach hard-to-reach places in your mouth and gently massage your gums. Include thorough flossing as part of your oral care.
When brushing your teeth, focus on the area where your tooth meets the gum since that is where food debris easily accumulates. Even if theoretically we are no longer in danger of tooth decay, inflammation can still occur. Regular dental check-ups, where highly skilled dental team can professionally clean and examine your teeth have to be maintained.
Your tooth needs to be healthy to qualify for the procedure before we can mount the porcelain crown on the remaining tooth structure. When properly prepared, cleaned, and filed, the porcelain crown can be cemented to your natural tooth, beautifully matching its color. We utilize dental crowns on implants as well. Dental implants are artificial roots that resemble a tiny metal post or screw on which we can place your new porcelain crown.
Another restorative option is a bridge, which aims to replace several missing teeth. The bridge consists of multiple interconnected crowns that is then mounted on pillars where your teeth are missing.
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