When you need a dental crown for a tooth that is highly visible, dentists often recommend porcelain. They match both the color and translucence of your natural tooth so that it is near impossible to tell the difference. There is a variety of porcelain crown styles available, such as feldspathic, empress, procera, lava, zirconia, and emax. These crowns are also great options for people with sensitivities to metals. These are more expensive and fragile than other materials, so these are usually just a cosmetic option. If you do want a nice balance of look and durability, there are porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns available. We have porcelain crowns available at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates and can provide more information on them.
Porcelain Crown Placement
Before crown placement, your tooth must be prepared. This may mean something different for everyone since crowns can be used for tooth decay, extraction, and various cosmetic fixes. If you do have any decay or injury, this must be treated before the crown can be placed. So, this entire procedure may need to happen over the course of multiple appointments.
Once your tooth is disease and injury free, our dentist can reshape it for the crown to fit over it. They will then obtain a dental impression from you. This is used to make a mold of your tooth so that a crown can be custom designed for your mouth.
After we receive your crown, we will schedule you for a placement procedure. It may take two to three weeks for our dental lab to produce your crown.
To place the crown, our dentist first uses a tool to make the surface of your tooth abrasive. This helps the crown attach to your tooth more easily. Our dentist will place the crown over your tooth and check for fit and look and reshape if necessary. Once the crown is ready, our dentist uses a dental cement to permanently attach it to your tooth.
PFM crowns have a similar placement procedure, though they tend to last longer. Whatever type of crown you get, you may need to have a repair or replacement in the future. If your crown is ever damaged or detaches from your tooth, you should contact us right away.
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Porcelain Crown Care
Porcelain crowns require special care compared to other types of crowns because they are so fragile. Whereas, with gold crowns, you can get away with chewing on hard food or grinding your teeth together, porcelain crowns will not stand up well to this type of impact. However, porcelain crowns are generally used on the front teeth that are not involved in chewing. So, you likely do not need to worry about this, but you should still be aware of it.
Avoid biting on hard or sticky foods, especially in the first few days following the crown placement, as well as your fingernails. In addition, if you tend to grind your teeth at night, you should speak to our dentist about nightguards and other solutions. This protects your teeth and will help you get better sleep in general. To receive a porcelain crown, contact Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 702-473-5100 today.