Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns also referred to as a dental cap cover and protect the entire tooth structure. There are various types of porcelain crowns and patients can elect them for aesthetic purposes.

Aesthetically porcelain crowns do a great job at enhancing the smile. Today’s advancements in materials has made these caps less bulky, yet they remain durable and long lasting.

  • Correct shape
  • Create beautifully aligned teeth
  • Permanently cover severely discolored teeth

They are cosmetically used to correct the shape, alignment, and discoloration of the teeth, but they are purposeful and used on:

  • Dental Implants
  • A broken tooth structure
  • A tooth with a large filling at risk of fracture
  • A dental bridge
  • A weak tooth with a previous root canal treatment

While there are various types of materials when it comes to cosmetic dental crowns, it’s important to understand that the skill, precision and technique of your cosmetic dentist are even more important.

The dental crown is cemented on a prepared tooth underneath it.  Proper fit and seal depends on that preparation.  Finding a local cosmetic dentist you trust is the first step in insuring you not only have a beautiful smile, but a healthy one that lasts.

There are mostly two different variations when it comes to porcelain crowns: porcelain over metal and all porcelain or ceramic.  Both types are used for aesthetic purposes.  

How long does the crown treatment take?

It takes approximately an hour to prep the tooth, take an impression and provide you with a temporary crown; this will vary depending on how many teeth are involved in your treatment.

Whether it’s porcelain over metal or all porcelain, it may require a few visits. Some dental providers have their dental labs in-house and can manufacture the crown while you wait.  Otherwise, it generally will be a few weeks before you return for a permanent placement of your porcelain crown.

I like to whiten my teeth. Can I still do that with porcelain crowns?

If only a few teeth are being treated, your dentist will pick a shade that matches your natural teeth.  If you’re thinking about professionally whitening your teeth, you should do it prior to your dental treatment.  

Professional or at home teeth whitening only works on your natural teeth and has no effect on the porcelain crowns.

Does insurance cover my treatment?

Many dental plans will cover porcelain crowns if there’s a necessity. Verifying the details with your insurance and dental office is the only way to confirm coverage.

What else do I need to know?

A beautiful smile can light up a room. Having missing or unattractive teeth can have an impact on your happiness, confidence, career, and simple daily comforts like eating, and chewing gum.

There are many cosmetic dental treatment options available for you to regain your smile and confidence.

Your prosthodontist or cosmetic dentist can provide you with a specific treatment plan that will have you smiling quickly.

Reference:

American Dental Association

The American Board of Prosthodontics

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