Dental crowns, also known as caps, refer to a covering material that encases the entire tooth surface in order to restore it to its original size and shape.
Although a tooth-colored cap may be made from porcelain and metal, newly available technology has made it possible to install crowns made entirely of porcelain. Previously, porcelain crowns were built upon a metal core, as this was the only way for the restoration to gain sufficient robustness to withstand the massive biting forces exerted on all your teeth. This metal core resulted in a dark blue line at the edge of the metal and porcelain crown.
Advantages of All-Porcelain Crowns in Valencia, CA
Recent breakthroughs in adhesives, as well as the development of stronger porcelain materials have made it possible to make crowns without necessarily placing the metal base. All-porcelain caps maintain a translucency that makes it hard to distinguish them from natural teeth, and without metal, there is no dark line at the edge of the gums. This, in turn, makes it possible to place the edge of the crown above the gum line, which is healthier for your restored tooth and gums.
Other Benefits of All-Porcelain Crowns:
- Protects and strengthens the tooth structure in cases where other restorations are not applicable
- Porcelain is highly durable and can last for many years
- Their shape, size and color matches that of your teeth, giving you a natural, beautiful smile.
What to Expect from the Procedure
The first visit to your dentist involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown. Typically a portion of you tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After the dentist reshapes your tooth, he will use a special material to create an impression of it. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory to be made into a permanent crown. Before sending you home, the dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth in between visits.
When you return to you dentist, he will have received the permanent crown from the laboratory. He will remove the temporary crown and fit the new permanent one. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, he will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.
All-Porcelain Crown FAQ
Who needs an all-porcelain crown?
Dental crowns are sturdy and attractive to look at. So, they can be used for multiple restorations, including broken, chipped or decayed teeth, or large fillings, following a tooth canal, or as a cosmetic enhancement.
How is the tooth prepared for a porcelain crown?
You need two visits: on the first one, the damaged tooth is reshaped and re-contoured, an impression taken, and a temporary crown placed. On the second visit, the actual crown is fitted and your bite adjusted if necessary.
What other materials are used for crowns?
Dental crowns are created from different materials, and new ones are introduced regularly. That said, the most common alternatives to all-porcelain are glass, gold alloy, and porcelain and metal.
Does the crown require any special care?
The materials used do not decay; however, caries can still form along the edge of the crown and natural tooth. This can be effectively prevented through normal oral hygiene.
Are You a Candidate for Porcelain Crowns in Valencia?
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