If you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury, resulting in an unsightly appearance, porcelain crowns can help to restore that tooth’s appearance in addition to its functionality.
Porcelain crowns may also be helpful to conceal other aesthetic flaws, such as undersized teeth. The porcelain used in these crowns has many benefits for patients, both in appearance and structure.
The dental crown treatment process is fairly short, as well, so you can restore your smile’s appearance in a matter of weeks.
When are dental crowns used?
Your dentist may recommend crowns in a number of different scenarios. For example, they can restore a tooth that has been decimated by a cavity that is too large to address with a standard filling.
Dental crowns also can conceal chips or cracks caused by injury and provide additional protection to teeth in such instances, as well. Similarly, dental crowns are usually placed following root canal treatment to strengthen the treated tooth.
Why Porcelain Is An Ideal Material For Dental Crowns
Porcelain shares many optical characteristics with your biological tooth enamel, so it’s a good fit to restore enamel that has been damaged while maintaining a natural aesthetic. A tooth that has been fitted with a porcelain crown will look nearly identical to its neighbor.
Additionally, the porcelain used in the crown can take on the strength of the biological tooth when bonded to the tooth. With proper maintenance, you can keep a porcelain crown for many years.
Dental Crown Treatment Process
The dental crown treatment process begins with an evaluation in which your dentist inspects the targeted tooth and gathers information needed to design the crown.
That information is then forwarded to the dental lab that creates your crown. When the crown is ready, which is usually within 2-3 weeks, you will return to our office to have it placed.
Keep in mind that the design of the crown can be altered until it is bonded to the tooth. After that point, no further changes can be made. Therefore, it’s important to let your provider know if you are satisfied with the crown’s appearance or if you’d like further adjustments to it.
To learn more about the benefits of porcelain crowns and explore whether they’ll be helpful in your case, contact DeSanti Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.