While flossing regularly and brushing twice a day are important steps to maintaining good dental health, they are not enough. Sometimes your teeth still suffer from decay and enamel lost resulting in the need for a porcelain dental crown. To prevent this, it is important for the whole family to schedule regular visits for cleanings, cavity detection, fluoride treatments, and other procedures that ensure comprehensive oral health. By visiting our Elmwood Park, IL office regularly for routine checkups, we can help ensure that your smile lasts a lifetime.
Why Are Porcelain Crowns Needed?
What Types Of Dental Crowns Are Available?
There are several types of crowns available, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. A gold crown is a good choice for teeth, especially if the patient has a history of teeth grinding or clenching. The gold material provides a very strong support for the tooth and it lasts a very long time. However, gold is not as popular as other choices for aesthetic reasons. This is why they are used mostly for the back teeth where the crown is less visible.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer the strong support of a metal crown but are more aesthetically pleasing than gold crowns. These types of crowns tend to be very durable and long lasting because they do use a metal support, while the porcelain shell looks natural and matches surrounding teeth. They tend to be less popular because the underlying metal may show at the gumline as gums recede over time. Fortunately, technology for porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns has improved and an all-porcelain collar can be used to eliminate this problem.
All-porcelain or ceramic crowns are very popular alternatives to crowns using other materials. The elimination of a metal core or support reduces the thickness required for the crown. Therefore, more of the original tooth can be saved. This is especially useful if space is limited. Also, they look most like natural teeth and are widely used for front teeth that are highly visible. All-porcelain or ceramic crowns can crack or break. But these materials continue to evolve in strength and durability.
How Is The Tooth Prepared Before Crowned?
Getting a crown typically requires two office visits, the first of which involves preparing the tooth. Our dentist may take x-rays to check the health of the tooth's root as well as surrounding bone. After the tooth and gums are anesthetized, the tooth is filed down to make room for the crown. If a large area of tooth is missing because of decay or damage, a resin material may be used to build up the tooth. Impressions of the tooth are taken, as well as the surrounding area to ensure a proper fit and natural bite. A lab manufactures the crown which may take a week or two. During this waiting period, a temporary crown will be used to cover and protect the tooth.
What Happens When You Get The Porcelain Crown?
During the second office visit, the area is again anesthetized or numbed. When the crown is received from the lab our dentist can fine tune the color to make sure it matches your other teeth as closely as possible and check the fit. The temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented in place.
What Are Some Potential Implant Crown Problems?
Some people have noticed that a tooth that has been recently crowned may be sensitive to hot or cold. In this case, our dentist might recommend using a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. All-porcelain crowns may chip but can be easily repaired using a composite resin. It's possible the cement under the crown can wear away and the crown becomes loose, allowing bacteria to get in. If this happens, see your dentist to have the cement reapplied. If a crown happens to fall off, you can use a dental adhesive sold at stores to reattach until your dentist can permanently reattach it for you.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
On average a crown can last 5-10 years. A crown can last much longer but that depends on wear and tear over time, oral hygiene practices, and personal habits such as chewing ice, biting fingernails, or using teeth to open packages. If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, you may require a night guard to protect your teeth.
How Do I Care For My Dental Crown?
Caring for a crown doesn't require any extra work other than a usual routine involving brushing and flossing. Don't forget to include regular cleanings and checkups to promote an overall healthy mouth. The better you care for your teeth, the longer your crown will last.
Contact our local Elmwood Park office at (312) 757-6434 or schedule an appointment online today.