Porcelain crowns are used to repair and protect teeth that have become broken or fractured. They can also be used to hold together a tooth that has suffered excessive tooth decay. A dental crown encases the damaged tooth with a custom-designed dental material and can be used to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced.
Dental Crowns Consultation and Treatment Planning
When a broken or decayed tooth cannot be fixed using dental bonding or porcelain veneers, porcelain dental crowns can be used. The same is true for teeth who have previously undergone a root canal. Dental crowns can also serve as the tooth replacement placed on top of a dental implant and are often used to anchor dental bridges into place.
Dr. Mabry will take an impression of your tooth when planning your restoration, in order to create a porcelain crown that is the proper size and shape. When porcelain crowns are being used as part of an overall smile makeover, impressions will also be taken of the rest of your teeth and mouth in order to help show you the new alignment, shape, and length of your teeth. This gives you a look at the restoration in advance before committing to having the restoration placed.
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Mabry will discuss the process that will be used to prepare your tooth for the crown in-depth, in addition to discussing your preferred option for local anesthesia. If you are especially sensitive or fearful, you may be given the option of requesting sedation dentistry. In some cases, we may place a temporary crown over the tooth while your permanent porcelain crown is created in the laboratory. If this is the case, Dr. Mabry will advise you of any special brushing techniques you need to follow.
The Dental Crown Clinical Procedure
First, Dr. Mabry will prepare your tooth for the dental crown by removing a very small portion of the tooth enamel. This allows the crown to properly fit over and bond to your tooth. He will also take an impression of your tooth that will be sent to the dental laboratory. This will be used as a guide in creating your porcelain crown. If a temporary dental crown will be required, this will also be fitted to your tooth during your first visit. Once your porcelain crown is ready, Dr. Mabry will bond it to your tooth using a special dental cement.
Dental Crowns Recovery and Aftercare
Dental crowns can be more prone to damage than your natural teeth. You will need to avoid activities such as chewing on ice or non-food materials. If you grind your teeth at night, Dr. Mabry may give you a special mouth guard to wear in order to protect your porcelain crown and your remaining healthy teeth.
In general, your porcelain crown will not require any special care procedures. You will need to continue brushing and flossing your teeth diligently, and follow a regular schedule of bi-annual visits to our office. This gives Dr. Mabry a chance to check for any loosening or damage to the porcelain crown. If the crown becomes damage, it exposes your tooth to further damage and decay. This will need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
If you have a broken or decayed tooth and would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for a porcelain crown, or if you are interested in the other dental restorations we offer, please call our office today for a consultation. We look forward to answering any questions you might have and to restoring your smile to its natural, healthy brilliance once again.