A porcelain crown, or cap, can restore a badly damaged tooth by encasing it in a covering that will protect it. If the damage to your tooth is extensive enough that other types of dental procedures cannot work, a crown will be able to restore the tooth to a normal size and shape. A crown will also strengthen what is left of the tooth.
A crown made of tooth-colored porcelain is the type that is used most often, though there are other types. The porcelain crown is highly popular because it looks very natural. It is also very durable and will last for many years. In time, though, a crown will need to be replaced.
Crowns are used to cosmetically enhance the smile, to repair and restore broken and decayed teeth, and to restore teeth with large fillings or fillings that are fractured. A tooth that has had root canal therapy will also require a crown.
Do you have a badly damaged tooth that is ruining your smile? You don’t have to worry about it anymore. Just ask a dentist at Northridge Dental Group about porcelain crowns.
If you are getting a crown to repair a badly damaged tooth, the procedure will take two visits to your restorative doctor to complete. On the first visit, our doctor will take several impressions of the area so that a perfect crown can be crafted for you. These molds also enable a temporary crown to be made until your permanent one is ready, which usually takes about two weeks. A professional laboratory will create the permanent crown to the exact specifications.
During this first visit, your restorative doctor will also prepare your tooth for the porcelain crown. He will remove any decay and old filling, if there is any, from the tooth. He will also shape it so that the crown will fit properly. Your temporary crown will be applied and your restorative doctor will check your bite to be certain that everything is as it should be.
During your second visit, our doctor will remove the temporary crown and will clean the tooth again. Then the porcelain crown will be applied to your tooth. Your restorative doctor will check your bite once more to make certain that the crown is a proper fit.
Your restorative doctor will then instruct you as to the care of your crown. With proper maintenance and regular dental visits, your new porcelain crown should give you years of service.