Worn, damaged or missing teeth? Porcelain dental crowns can be the best option to recreate the form and function of damaged teeth down to the gum level, replacing the original tooth and even improving their esthetic appearance.
Dental porcelain can be used to replicate natural looking teeth while also providing strength and resilience.
Cosmetic Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations for large fillings in otherwise healthy teeth. Inlays are placed within the grooves located between the cusps or points of a tooth. Onlays are placed within the grooves and over the cusp tips.
They can be made to match a tooth’s natural color and therefore can not only be used to improve the tooth’s appearance, but also strengthen the structure of the tooth, increasing its durability and longevity.
First Step Towards Dental Crowns
Whether you are getting dental crowns for necessity or cosmetic reasons, the first step is to schedule a dental crown consultation with your American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) dentist. Dentists examine your teeth, discuss your future smile goals and your concerns so that they can determine the best option for you.
How Porcelain Dental Crowns Work
Porcelain dental crowns are used when most of the original tooth is destroyed by tooth decay, when there is severe enamel erosion, or when a traumatic event has caused damage. Crowns replace the exterior portion of the tooth and recreate the original function and appearance of the tooth.
Porcelain crowns are similar to porcelain veneers in the sense that both are situated and secured in the mouth using light-sensitive resin placed between the original tooth and crown/veneer and hardening the resin with a special curing light, however, crowns are thicker than veneers. This thickness is needed especially in the case of back molars which are subject to a lot more pressure.
Partial crowns, also known as inlays and onlays can be used for more conservative restorations imperceptible from your natural teeth.
Downsides of Porcelain Crowns
As porcelain crowns need to be created in the lab according to individual requirements, it does take some time to be created. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures can also be expected after porcelain crowns are attached. Despite being very durable, crowns do not have the flexibility of natural teeth, so you may need to avoid certain foods. Extra care may be needed for chronic tooth-grinders and jaw-clenchers who need to be fitted with a nighttime mouthguard to prevent unnecessary and excessive pressure and use.
Maintaining a Porcelain Crown
Maintaining porcelain crowns are similar to your original teeth, with routine brushing and regular flossing. However, a follow-up appointment is needed after the crowns are placed to evaluate them so that the dentist can review how your mouth is reacting to the crowns.
This follow-up is necessary for your future oral health even if you think the crowns are successful.