A porcelain crown is a cap that covers a damaged or cracked tooth. These crowns’ main purpose is to protect and restore the appearance of your teeth. They are often appealing since they mimic your actual teeth. Porcelain crowns offer a perfect solution for those with decaying teeth and those whose teeth have been damaged by trauma or an accident. They are also a fantastic option for people who want to improve their smiles by straightening their crooked teeth. Crowns can also be used to safeguard your teeth after a root canal or to replace a lost filling. For more information about porcelain crowns, visit Reich Dental Center - Tucker.
Procedure for Porcelain Crowns
The placement of a porcelain crown needs only two dental appointments. The dentist will prepare the affected tooth for the crown installation during the first visit. As part of these preparations, the dentist will inspect your teeth for any sensitive areas. Before placing the crown, the dentist will use x-rays to examine the tooth’s roots and surrounding bone. If there is an infection risk or a pulp injury, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. Before attaching a crown to the damaged tooth, your dentist will numb the gums around it.
Afterwards, the dentist will obtain impressions of your teeth and take them to a dental lab for crown manufacturing. Before the crown is made, which can take about three weeks, the dentist will create a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth. The temporary crown will be taken off during the second appointment. The permanent crown will be examined to ensure that it covers the gap adequately and matches your tooth color. If everything seems in order, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the region around the damaged tooth before firmly cementing the permanent crown.
Are There Any Issues with Porcelain Crowns?
After having a crown placed on your teeth you may feel some pain and discomfort. The tooth that gets the crown may become sensitive; thus, the dentist will suggest you use toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth. Crowns made of porcelain can crack; however, it is easy to repair minor cracks. The crown will be looser if the cement holding it in place erodes.
Bacteria may enter the tooth, resulting in decay in the remaining tooth. Therefore, if your crown becomes or feels loose, schedule a visit with your dentist. Some materials can also cause an allergic reaction though this is uncommon.
Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?
A crowned tooth does not need special care. But you must safeguard the tooth underneath from decay and gum disease. Maintaining healthy teeth requires regular flossing and brushing twice a day. Don’t use your porcelain crowns to chew or eat hard foods; this will prevent them from cracking. A porcelain crown can last more than 10 years with proper maintenance.
Visit Reich Dental Center - Tucker to get more tips on how to care for your porcelain crown. Call us today at (678) 534-1010 for more information.