A tooth crown is a dental restoration placed over an existing tooth that has decayed, worn down, or cracked and cannot be corrected with a tooth filling. We will also encounter an old filling that has expanded and contracted over time, separating from the tooth and weakening it. This filling has now created a small opening between itself and the tooth, inviting decay. If left unattended, it will cause a crack in the tooth and perhaps more serious problems and discomfort.
Crowns used to be made of various materials, including metal (usually a gold alloy) and porcelain fused to metal, which after a few years acquires an unsightly dark gray line at the gum line. Today, we have the technology to create your crown entirely from porcelain.
Benefits of All-Porcelain Crowns
- All-porcelain crowns are translucent, like your natural teeth, so they have the same pearly look, blending in perfectly with your smile.
- An all-porcelain crown is custom made to fit over your natural tooth. The crown is bonded to your tooth, covering it completely, restoring its strength and function.
- Porcelain tooth crowns repair and strengthen damaged teeth, and can also be used to give a new surface to discolored or misshapen teeth.
- Porcelain crowns help stop the spread of decay and correct any structural damage.
- A strategically placed crown can also affect the alignment of your jaw and bite. This prevents other teeth from shifting, and allows for a better share of the work among all the teeth when biting and chewing.
- 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 generally requires at least two visits. Your tooth is prepared and shaped, and then impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab will make a model from your impressions, and then craft a cap to fit over your tooth. This crown is then bonded to your tooth, covering it completely, and a high intensity light hardens the bonding.
Other than a little sensitivity for a few days, the procedure itself is relatively pain-free.
Dental Hygiene After Crowns
All-porcelain crowns are strong and durable and may exceed the biting capacity of natural teeth. But you need to give them the same daily care that you give your normal, healthy teeth.
It is important to choose an experienced cosmetic dentist when contemplating any teeth bonding or capping procedures. To learn more about Dr. Warr's experience providing custom all-porcelain crowns, please call 801-355-5385 today.
Your initial consultation with Warr Dental is free! We serve patients throughout the Salt Lake City area, including Draper, West Valley City and other nearby communities.