Crowns are generally used on teeth that are weak because of large fillings or had a fracture of the tooth or if the tooth had a root canal treatment. It is also used to improve the appearance of your smile. Porcelain crowns can be easily matched to your natural teeth color thereby preserving the natural appearance of your smile.
Dental Crown Types
Porcelain crowns can be of two types, one type where the porcelain is fused to the metal and the other is full porcelain. Esthetically the full porcelain crowns appears more pleasing and natural when compared to the other type. The type of crown that you require will be decided by your Dentist.
Dental Crown Process
The tooth that requires a crown is usually reduced in size by 1-2mm and an impression is made of the prepared tooth, which is sent to the lab for processing. During the impression stage, the dentist takes the shade of your other adjacent natural teeth to match the color of the crown to the natural teeth. It is usually a 2 visit procedure.
After the first visit , a temp crown will be fabricated and cemented with a temporary cement. Approximately 10-14 days later we will receive the permanent crown from the lab, that will be tried on your teeth and cemented permanently. A porcelain crown is expected to last around 5-15 years.
Full Porcelain Crowns
Full Porcelain crowns are traditional crowns that do not have any metal portion in it. These crowns are commonly used when the teeth has a large filling or had a root canal treatment or has a fracture on the crown portion. The advantage of these crowns include the durability, strength and natural appearance. The color shade, translucency can all be adjusted to provide the patient with the best looking natural smile.