Crowns are a dental restoration option that our office offers to cover, strengthen, and improve the appearance and alignment of a damaged tooth. It is a fixed prosthetic cap that is cemented onto the tooth, after a portion of the tooth is removed to ensure a proper fit, that can be made out of numerous materials. They can be made from resin, ceramic, metal, porcelain, or some combination of those. All-porcelain crowns are one of the many choices of dental crowns that we provide.
What to Expect
Installing a crown takes a series of visits to our office. The first visit will involve an examination of the tooth and subsequent preparation of the area for a crown. We may take x-rays to check on the surrounding bone and the roots of the tooth meant to receive the crown and, if the tooth is severely decayed or there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, it is possible we may need to conduct a root canal first.
Preparing the tooth for a crown starts with the anesthetizing of the gum tissue and tooth. We then file the tooth down to ensure that the crown will have a proper fit; the amount taken off of the tooth depends on the type of crown that will be placed. If your tooth is missing parts or damaged, we will build it up using a filling material to ensure that the crown has substantial support.
Once the tooth has been prepared, we move on to making an impression of the tooth so that a crown can be constructed from that model. Impressions will be made above and below the specified tooth so that the fit can be made more accurate and we can make sure the crown will not affect your bite. The impressions are sent away to another facility, where the crown will be constructed and sent back to us. This entire process can take up to several weeks. During that time, we will cement a temporary crown in place to protect the tooth in between steps of the procedure.
Once the crown arrives, the second visit involves removing the temporary crown, checking the fit and color of the new one, and cementing that into place. Once the fit and color have been approved, your tooth and gums will be anesthetized again and the new crown will be cemented permanently in place. We will check to ensure that the fit is perfect and that the crown doesn’t upset your natural bite.
Proper at-home care will assist in helping your crowns last as long as possible – which can range anywhere from 5 to 15 years. A crowned tooth does not require special care, but the presence of a crown does not mean it is protected from issues like decay or gum disease. You should still diligently practice excellent oral hygiene through brushing twice daily, flossing daily (especially around the crown area where your gums meet the tooth), and rinsing at least once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash. Be mindful of the faults of particular crowns, such as porcelain’s propensity to chip, and correct certain habits that may cause the crown damage.
If you have any questions or concerns about porcelain dental crowns, don’t hesitate to contact our office! Additional information about dental crowns and care for temporary crowns can be found on our dental crowns page.