A porcelain crown is a cap used to protect a tooth that is injured or damaged. The primary function of these crowns is to safeguard and restore the aesthetic integrity of your teeth. Porcelain crowns resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are a perfect option for people who have damaged or decayed teeth and those whose teeth have been injured by trauma or an accident. They are also a great solution for those who want to straighten crooked teeth in order to enhance their smile. Crowns can also be utilized to restore a missing filling or protect your teeth following a root canal. Visit Sola Smile Co. to get more details about porcelain crowns.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
Two dentist visits are required for the porcelain crown procedure. The dentist will prepare the damaged tooth during the initial session for the crown placement. These preparations include assessing your teeth to identify and remove any sensitive spots. Before fitting the crown, the dentist will utilize x-rays to check the tooth's roots and surrounding bone. Your dentist could suggest root canal therapy if there is a pulp injury or risk of infection. Your dentist will administer anesthetic therapy to the affected tooth's gums before placing a crown on it.
The dentist will then take your teeth's imprints, which will be sent to a dental laboratory for crown molding. The dentist will make a temporary crown to cover the injured tooth while the permanent one is being produced, which might take about three weeks. At your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown. They will check the permanent crown to make sure it fits over the gap properly and is the right shade to match your teeth. If everything appears in order, the dentist will numb the area around the injured tooth with a local anesthetic before thoroughly cementing the new crown.
What Problems Can Arise with Porcelain Crowns?
At first, you may experience some pain and discomfort. The dentist will advise you to use toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth because the tooth that gets the crown may become sensitive. Porcelain crowns can chip, but small chips can be fixed.
If the cement securing your crown degrades, your crown will not be as secure as before. As a result, bacteria will get into the tooth, causing tooth decay in the existing tooth. Therefore, make an appointment with your dentist if your crown becomes or feels loose. A porcelain crown may become loose if it is not fitted correctly. Even though it's rare, some materials can also induce an allergic reaction.
Does a Crowned Tooth Need Special Care?
A crowned tooth doesn't require any special care. However, you need to protect the tooth beneath from decay and gum disease. Brush twice daily and floss daily to keep your teeth healthy. Ensure you don't eat or chew hard foods using your porcelain crowns to shield them from cracking. With proper care, a porcelain crown can endure more than 10 years.
Visit Sola Smile Co. to get more tips on how to care for your porcelain crown. Call us today at 512-615-9405.