Porcelain crowns are a great option when fillings and other types of restoration will not work. The crown, or “cap,” is an encasing that covers the original tooth surface and appears like a new, healthy tooth.
Montgomery Dentistry chooses to use porcelain crowns because this material best mimics the color of teeth enamel. Crowns are quite durable and should be expected to last numerous years, although they may need replacing after a very long period of time.
Common reasons our patients get porcelain crowns include:
- cosmetic appearance
- having a cracked or broken tooth
- tooth decay
- root canals that need covering
What work is involved with crown placement?
We let our patients know that crown placement is not a quick procedure, but usually requires two appointments for completion.
During your first appointment, molds will be made of the area surround the area needing a crown for customization. A temporary crown will then be created for use until your new porcelain crown is produced in a dental lab, often taking around two weeks time.
Your dentist will be sure to numb your tooth during this appointment so that any decay can be removed before creating your mold. Using temporary cement, the dentist will then adhere a temporary crown over your tooth’s surface.
During your second appointment, the temporary crown will be taken away so the original tooth area can be properly cleansed. The new, permanent crown will then be placed and inspected for correct spacing and bite alignment.
As always, we’ll provide you with care and maintenance material at the end so that your porcelain crown will last a long, long time! Having regular dental check-ups will also assist with its maintenance.