A porcelain crown is a type of dental crown made from medical-grade ceramics and designed to protect a damaged tooth or work as a component of a restorative dentistry treatment. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, porcelain crowns are desirable because they can “closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel, while providing desirable strength and resilience.”
Uses for Porcelain Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are most often used in the treatment of teeth that are too decayed for dental fillings but still have healthy bases and root structures. A crown helps preserve and protect a damaged tooth while restoring bite function.
Depending on the extent of damage, porcelain crowns may also be used to address dental trauma that results in a chipped or cracked tooth. Porcelain crowns also serve to replace missing teeth as a vital element of dental implants, and they may be used with dental bridges and cosmetic renewal procedures.
Why Porcelain is Ideal for Dental Crowns
Porcelain is semi-translucent and naturally resembles the appearance of healthy, natural teeth. The dental porcelain used in crowns, veneers and other treatments can also be tinted to match your existing teeth for a seamless smile.
When bonded to the surfaces of your teeth or affixed to restorative appliances like dental implants, porcelain is also extremely durable. Porcelain crowns are custom made for each tooth and for the unique nature of your smile; when properly fitted and attached, they will look, feel and perform like your natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns are also easy to maintain with good dental hygiene and the avoidance of poor oral habits like ice chewing and pen biting. Naturally stain-resistant, porcelain crowns are cleaned by brushing at least twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association.
Porcelain Crowns Process
Once your dentist has determined that a porcelain crown is the most effective treatment for your individual needs, the placement of your crown generally requires two office visits. It should be noted that the times and processes for placing porcelain crowns varies depending on the use of the crown.
When crowning a damaged tooth, the initial visit usually entails digital imaging to serve as the basis for your custom crown and thorough cleaning of the affected tooth in preparation for the crown. As your porcelain crown is crafted, you will be fitted with a temporary cap. Once the crown is finished, you will return to have it fitted, color tinted as necessary, and securely bonded to the tooth.
If you live in Hilton Head and would like to more about porcelain crowns or your other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, please (843) 706-2999 to schedule your personal consultation.