If a tooth is damaged due to injuries such as fractures or cracks, is discolored or severely compromised by decay, a porcelain crown is an excellent option. In fact, it is the preferred method to employ in any of these situations. A crown is essentially a cap that covers a tooth to protect it from further impairment and to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Although crowns can be produced from a variety of materials, porcelain crowns are extremely durable, the coloring and contour most resembles that of a natural tooth.
Porcelain crowns are done for several reasons. The biggest reason is a fractured or decayed tooth. If there is not enough tooth structure left to contain a white or tooth colored filling, the tooth is prepared for placement of a crown. Permanent crowns come in many different materials. Porcelain crowns are the most aesthetic and thanks to modern technology they are also strong enough to be placed not only on front teeth but on chewing teeth in the back as well. In some cases other similar procedures such as onlays or veneers may be more appropriate as they help conserve more tooth structure.
The crown procedure involves two appointments. In the first session, an impression is taken to produce a temporary crown while your porcelain crown is being constructed at a special dental laboratory. The next step is to prepare the tooth for the temporary crown. This is accomplished by shaping the tooth, if necessary, then ensuring the crown fits the patient comfortably. It takes roughly two weeks to complete the porcelain crown and when it arrives, the patient returns to have the temporary device removed and the new crown put into place. It will be bonded into position after the dentist roughens the surface of the tooth with a special solution to guarantee strong adhesion of your new porcelain crown.
Why Porcelain Crowns?
The main task of a porcelain crown is to preserve the existing tooth and shield it from any problematic degradation and to better its appearance, but there are other benefits associated with them such as:
- They are color-matched to the other teeth, providing the best aesthetic solution for the tooth
- They are hypoallergenic and are constructed of environmentally sound materials
- They can be altered and adjusted to fit the tooth snugly as well as comfortably
- Extremely resilient
Contact Dr. Matt Stunkel today at 417-720-4075 to schedule an appoint to consult about porcelain crowns and determine if they are the right choice for you!