Porcelain crowns have become one of the most sought-after solutions to correct badly eroded teeth where the chewing surface has become worn down significantly. Porcelain crowns can immediately restore lost functionality and even restore the tooth to its proper shape and size. They can also help correct issues with tooth fractures, chips, and even discolored areas of the tooth enamel. No matter how badly the tooth is damaged or decayed, we always strive to save the tooth. This is because when the tooth is removed, it can create an entire host of additional problems which can require additional procedures to correct.
A crown is a small cap-shaped section of porcelain which is drawn across the top of the chewing surface of the tooth. Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials although the most popular are metal and porcelain. Over the course of the past few decades, porcelain has become the most frequently used between the two materials. There are more options when placing a porcelain crown that metal crowns simply cannot match. Porcelain can be shaped and tinted to blend in with other teeth in the patient's oral cavity while metal ones cannot.
Anyone who is interested in getting more information about porcelain crowns is urged to come into our office and see us here at Bonnie & Simone. We are always more than willing to help patients with their treatment needs.
When Do I Need a Crown?
Any patient who has decayed or eroded teeth can definitely benefit from a crown. Everyone's teeth weaken and erode over time and a crown can help strengthen those teeth that are stricken with decay and disease. Porcelain crowns can also be used to cover discolored areas in the tooth enamel, or be the finishing touch for dental implant placement which is a permanent artificial tooth solution.
How is a Crown Placed?
Crown placements usually take two appointments to complete. During the first visit, we will take x-rays and determine if there is adequate bone structure to support a crown placement. We will then repair the oral cavity by removing the decayed tissue and formulate a treatment plan based on what our assessment finds. There may need to be additional procedures performed to make sure crown placement is successful such as bone grafts, gum grafts, or pocket reduction surgery.
Lifespan of a Crown
Once the crown is placed, patients still need to continue brushing and flossing twice a day just like they normally would. This not only helps the rest of the oral cavity remain healthy but also keeps the crown clean so it lasts longer. The average lifespan of a crown is approximately 10 years, but it can vary depending upon the amount of care given.
Any patients who are interested in finding out more about crown placement should come to our Bonnie & Simone office. We can also be reached by phone by calling (757) 540-1028.