Dental crowns are versatile restorations. They’re used to reinforce a tooth that has been weakened by tooth decay or is cracked. When you need root canal therapy, a dental crown is placed on top to recover the piece of your natural tooth that had to be drilled away to gain access to the pulp area of the tooth. They can even be utilized to cover a tooth that is discolored, stained, misshapen, or crooked. Porcelain is a very popular material used for dental crowns. Our local Ocean dentist, Dr. Laura Branigan, will help you to look better and more important, to save your natural teeth, with the use of dental crowns.
What is so great about porcelain? Well, for one thing it is a durable material that has the benefit of being tooth colored. This means that a porcelain dental crown will fit in with your natural teeth and not stand out like a metal crown would. This is especially advantageous when you need a crown on one of your front teeth or if you have a tooth that has yellowed or turned brown. Porcelain dental crowns are usually not the best option for back teeth because those teeth take the brunt of the force that comes from chewing. Metal typically stands up better to that kind of pressure. Our local Ocean dentist will discuss your choices with you and provide expert guidance regarding recommendations.
Getting a porcelain dental crown placed usually requires two sessions. Your first visit
consists of taking impressions that will be sent off to the dental lab so they can craft your crown to be precise and fit you perfectly. During your second visit, our local Ocean dentist will fit the crown to your tooth and after ensuring that no adjustments are needed, cement it into place.
Two additional uses for porcelain dental crowns are as part of other restorations. Fixed bridges require that the teeth on either side be drilled down. Your bridge is then anchored to those two teeth and a crown cemented on top to provide a sturdy foundation. And with dental implants, after our local Ocean dentist has placed your implants and they have been allowed to fuse to your jaw, a porcelain dental crown is the final step in giving you replacement teeth that look and feel natural.