Dental crowns are coverings that are mounted on top of damaged teeth. Porcelain crowns are popular teeth restoration options as they are translucent and appear similar to your original teeth.
They are usually more effective than dental fillings as they are made from hard-wearing porcelain. To make a porcelain crown, a dentist usually takes impressions of the tooth or teeth and then designs a porcelain cap to place on the tooth.
When Is a Crown Required?
There are several reasons your dentist may suggest getting a crown fixed. A crown may be needed to:
||Protect a tooth from breaking
||Restore a worn down tooth
||Keep a dental bridge in place
||Shield a dental implant
||Protect a tooth that has gone through root canal treatment
||Cover discolored teeth
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Here are some of the key benefits of porcelain crowns:
Appearance and Function
Porcelain crowns are created to accurately match the color of your original teeth. They do not stand out and look similar to natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can bring back your ability to chew naturally and speak clearly.
Porcelain crowns offer a good value for your money. They do not require frequent restoration. In comparison, silver and gold crowns cost more and are not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain crowns. Composite resin crowns are relatively cheaper, but they do not last very long as compared to porcelain crowns.
These crowns can last more than 10 years. In some cases, they can even last a lifetime without replacement. The amount of time porcelain crowns last for largely depends on oral habits. Brushing your teeth regularly can considerably extend the life of porcelain crowns.
Porcelain crowns are lightweight and can be molded properly to fit your teeth, making it comfortable to eat with them. They fit atop your teeth better than metal crowns, which are relatively large and heavy. They are created using computerized CAD-CAM technology, which generates excellent aesthetic results.
Porcelain crowns cause minimum abrasion to the neighboring teeth. Compared to other types of crowns, porcelain crowns do not damage the surrounding teeth, enabling them to remain healthy in the long run.
You do not have to maintain porcelain crowns on a daily basis. There is no special maintenance required even as weeks or months pass by. As long as you are practicing good oral habits by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, you can expect the crown to perform well.
Aftercare for Porcelain Crowns
During the first few days following the procedure, avoid biting hard objects or chewing sticky foods. Although dental crowns are strong, they may chip or fracture when force or pressure is applied.
After 24 hours, you can resume brushing your teeth normally. When flossing, make sure you clean between the teeth gently rather than snapping it down. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water regularly.
Maintaining good oral hygiene can make your porcelain crown last for a long time. If you are considering getting a dental implant or crown, schedule an appointment with us at Lincoln Smiles by calling us at 916-543-8800 today.