A porcelain crown can restore a single damaged tooth back to its original form and function. While tooth crowns have been around for years, a new generation of fine-grade porcelain gives today’s porcelain crowns the look of real teeth.
A porcelain crown is an exact replica of the natural tooth it is covering. The new porcelain cover preserves and protects the remaining shell of the tooth. The crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth, leaving it strong and durable and serving as the tooth’s new outer surface.
Age, grinding teeth, a misaligned bite, large fillings and tooth decay all cause teeth to wear, crack, or break resulting in the need for a crown. In other cases, crowns replace missing teeth and are anchored to the teeth on either side, with a “bridge” section spanning the space and connecting the two crowns.
The porcelain crown procedure
- during the first appointment, Dr. Farahmand reshapes the tooth structure and repairs any defects to prepare it for the new crown.
- He also makes an “impression” of the tooth that needs a crown, and this impression is then sent to the dental lab where the crown is made.
- The patient usually leaves the office with a specially fashioned crown that already looks a lot like the permanent crow.
- During a second appointment, once the permanent crown is ready, it is applied to the tooth with special, long-lasting cement.
A porcelain fixed bridge replaces missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation. This literally creates a “bridge” between the remaining teeth and the missing teeth. Dental porcelain is really quite remarkable in its ability to replicate the form and function of original teeth — and to fit comfortably within the established bite pattern. Porcelain is also very durable and can withstand most natural tooth functions.
Maintaining a porcelain bridge is quite simple. It can be treated just like original teeth, with routine brushing using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing. Dr. Farahmand will want to schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your bridge shortly after it has been placed, to see how your mouth is reacting to it.
Zirconia (All-Ceramic) Crowns
This is a choice that’s growing in popularity. Zirconia is not only an extremely durable ceramic material and will not corrode, it can also be made very thin. For those reasons, it’s considered an excellent alternative to traditional veneers and porcelain crowns.
Zirconia crowns have absolutely no metal in them, and can be made translucent or opaque for a very natural look. If recession occurs, they won’t show a dark line at the gum line years later, the way porcelain fused to metal crowns can. In addition, the hot and cold sensations you might feel with other crowns normally do not occur because of the lack of electrical conductivity.
Talk to Dr. Farahmand about whether a Zirconia crown is the right choice for you.