Porcelain crowns are a popular dental treatment for repairing teeth that are cracked, damaged, or have lost significant structure. Crowns can also improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misshapen. If you're considering a porcelain crown, we at Karl Hoffman Dentistry might be able to help. Here is some information on what they are and how they can benefit your oral health.
Why dental crowns are needed
Crowns are a type of dental restoration used to cover or cap a tooth. Crowns can be made from different materials, but porcelain is the most popular option because it looks natural and blends in with the surrounding teeth. Crowns are needed when a tooth has lost too much structure to support a filling, extensive decay, or damage caused by trauma.
What are the benefits of porcelain crowns?
Porcelain crowns offer several advantages over other types of dental restorations. First off, they are very durable and can last for many years with proper care. They are also less likely to stain or discolor than other types of crowns. Porcelain crowns also look more natural than other options, which can be important for people self-conscious about their smile. Finally, porcelain is a bioactive material that helps promote oral health by stimulating the growth of new bone cells. They can also improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misshapen. As such, these crowns are an excellent option for repairing teeth that are damaged, cracked, or have lost significant structure.
What is the porcelain crown treatment process?
If you need a dental crown, the first step is to schedule an appointment with us for a consultation. First, we will examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for a porcelain crown. Next, we will create a custom restoration that will blend in with your surrounding teeth if you are. The treatment process usually takes two appointments. We will prepare your tooth and make impressions of it during the first appointment so that the crown can be made accurately. You will then wear a temporary crown until your second appointment, usually about two weeks later. We will remove the temporary crown at the second appointment and attach the permanent one. Lastly, we will show you how to care for the crown and provide other necessary instructions.
What is a porcelain jacket crown?
Porcelain jacket crowns are a type of dental restoration similar to porcelain crowns. They also look natural and blend in with the surrounding teeth, but they do not cover as much tooth structure as other crowns. This can be beneficial if you want your restored tooth to have more flexibility or movement than it would have from a traditional porcelain crown treatment process. In addition, because less tooth structure needs to be removed during preparation for this procedure, there may be fewer associated complications than other options such as veneers.
Metal vs. porcelain crowns
When comparing metal to porcelain crowns, it is crucial to consider each type's appearance and durability. Metal crowns are often less expensive than porcelain crowns, but they may not be as aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain crowns tend to be less durable than metal, and can chip or break more easily. On the other hand, Metal crowns are more durable and can last for many years with proper care. However, they may be slightly more expensive than metal crowns. Porcelain materials also allow you to take better care of your teeth because they promote the growth of new bone cells that fight against decay-causing bacteria.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via 360-539-3429. Our team of professionals at Karl Hoffman Dentistry are ready for all your dental needs.