A porcelain crown is a cap that fits over a tooth. Crowns are used to provide stability to teeth that are damaged from trauma or severe enamel erosion, grinding and clenching or decayed. They may also be used after a root canal treatment to create a stronger, more attractive surface. While porcelain is the most natural-looking material, back teeth may require gold or another metal for durability.
The Porcelain Crown Procedure
The crown procedure is relatively simple and usually completed in two appointments. During the first step, the dentist will drill out decay and make an impression of the tooth. The mold is then sent to a dental lab where a technician will create the crown. The patient will be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready. If there is a large amount of decay in the pulp of the tooth, the patient may have to undergo a root canal treatment and possibly take antibiotics before receiving a permanent crown.
The second appointment will involve removing the temporary crown and bonding the permanent one into place. The patient’s bite will be evaluated with carbon paper to see if any adjustments are needed. A crown will look and function like a natural tooth. It should be noted that a crown can wear out or even loosen and fall off, requiring it to be cemented again or replaced. Those who grind their teeth are at risk for damaged crowns and should consider being fitted with a night guard to preserve dental work.
Porcelain crowns provide a natural-looking solution to damaged or unsightly teeth. Long term durability, protection from further decay and improved chewing and talking are some of the other benefits realized by patients who receive dental crowns. The Oso Marguerite Dental Team in Mission Viejo uses the latest technology to ensure crowns are attractive, durable and properly fitted for comfort. If you are interested in exploring the placement of a crown, schedule a consultation with our dental team.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why might I need a crown?
There are several reasons you might need a crown. Examples include to protect a weak tooth from breaking down, to restore a tooth that is already broken, to cover a tooth after a large filling has been placed or to hold a dental bridge in place.
What is the best way to care for my temporary dental crown?
A temporary crown is not permanently fixed to the tooth. Therefore, a little extra caution is necessary. For best results, avoid very sticky or extremely hard foods, try to chew on the other side of your mouth, away from the crown and use care when flossing to slide floss out rather than up to avoid pulling the crown out of place. Should the temporary crown become misplaced, contact Oso Marguerite Dental as soon as possible.
Will my permanent crown require special care?
No, you can care for your permanent crown the same way you would your natural teeth. Continue to brush and floss twice a day and visit Oso Marguerite Dental as recommended for cleanings and checkups.
I have questions about a crown that have not been answered here. What should I do?
We would be happy to discuss porcelain crowns further with you and help you make the right decision regarding all of your oral health care needs. Call Oso Marguerite Dental to schedule a personal consultation with one of our knowledgeable dentists.