Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
If you are worried about a cracked tooth, chipped teeth, or are suffering from tooth decay that has badly damaged your tooth, porcelain dental crowns may be the right option for you. Our team want you to have a healthy smile, and that may be achieved with the placement of a durable and attractive porcelain crown.
What can I expect if I do need a dental crown?
A dental crown is a method for restoring a tooth that has decayed, worn down, or cracked and cannot be corrected with a tooth filling. In some instances an old filling may have expanded and contracted over time, causing it to separate from the tooth, which can cause the tooth to become damaged or weakened. The distorted filling eventually causes a small opening between itself and the tooth, which invariably results in decay. If the filling is not replaced by a crown, the tooth may crack and bring on more serious problems and discomfort.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap created by a missing tooth and then linking a false tooth in between the two crowns, to fill the empty space of the missing tooth. Bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Other options for replacing teeth include Dental Implants or Implant Retained Dentures.
All-porcelain crowns are all white, like your teeth, so they give your mouth the natural look you want
Porcelain crowns are custom made to fit over your natural tooth. The crown is bonded to your tooth, covering it completely, restoring its strength and function.
Porcelain crowns repair and strengthen damaged teeth, and can also be used to give a new surface to discolored or misshaped teeth.
Porcelain crowns help stop the spread of decay and correct any structural damage. A strategically placed crown can also improve the alignment of your bite, thereby preventing other teeth from shifting, and more evenly distributing the pressure placed upon your teeth when you bite or chew. Because of the inherent smoothness of porcelain and strength of the bonding process, all-porcelain crowns increase not only the strength but also the life span of the tooth.
Porcelain crown placement typically involves two visits. Your tooth is prepared and shaped, and then impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab creates a model from your impressions and crafts a porcelain crown to fit over your tooth. This crown is then bonded to your tooth.
Other than a little sensitivity for a few days, the procedure itself is relatively pain-free.
Caring for a Porcelain Crown
All-porcelain crowns are very strong and durable. In many instances they will outlast the biting capacity of your natural teeth, but they still require the same daily care that you give your normal teeth.
Dental crowns look just like natural teeth, but are more than just a cosmetic fix. Crowns protect the damaged teeth from further problems, as they are strong enough to endure regular eating and drinking.
Are there options to help me pay for a porcelain crown?
If you are concerned with the cost of a crown, rest assured we are here to help. We provide access to Care Credit to help spread out the cost with no interest options!