Tooth damage and decay can not only affect your oral health, but they can be a source of self-consciousness if not treated. Fortunately, porcelain crowns are a great long-term solution. It can seem daunting to wonder what to expect, so talking with your dentist about your options is a great place to start. Here’s what to know about the process and how porcelain crowns can help transform your smile.
What is a Porcelain Crown?
A porcelain crown is a fixed prosthetic that is attached to the tooth. Crowns replace the entire outside of the tooth down to the gum level, and are designed to look and feel the same as your natural, healthy teeth. This sets porcelain crowns apart from crowns made from other materials (like gold or other metals) which are more noticeable. Metal crowns vary from porcelain crowns in terms of their durability and biocompatibility, so each type will come with some benefits.
Why Do I Need Porcelain Crowns?
Most patients who opt for crowns are trying to preserve their teeth after damage or decay. If a portion of the tooth is visibly damaged, your dentist might recommend porcelain crowns to repair the tooth and improve your smile. In some cases, porcelain crowns can be placed on either side of missing teeth in order to support a dental bridge.
What is the Porcelain Crown Procedure Like?
During your initial visit, Dr. Chern will take a look at the damaged or decayed tooth and prepare it to receive a crown. This involves reshaping the tooth by filing the top and sides so that the crown can properly fit around it. During this step, Dr. Chern will also treat any decay. An impression of the tooth is then made so the crown can be custom-made. Our porcelain crowns are always custom-made and sculpted to suit the size, shape, and color of your teeth so your results aren’t noticeable. Porcelain crowns are made in a dental lab, so you’ll need a second appointment to have the crown fitted.
Once the porcelain crown is made, it can be placed over the tooth. Dr. Chern will first make sure it properly fits and make any adjustments before permanently cementing the crown in place. After placement, Dr. Chern will schedule a follow-up appointment to check up on your crown and make sure it’s functioning properly.
How to Care for Porcelain Crowns
Getting the most out of your porcelain crowns is largely dependent on a good oral hygiene routine. Make sure to brush your teeth, including the crown, twice daily using an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush with soft bristles. You should also floss daily or use a Waterpik. Make sure to cut back on soft drinks and sugary foods to minimize further decay, and schedule regular dental checkups every 4-6 months with Dr. Chern. This can help you maintain your results and keep a healthy mouth for the long term.
Schedule an Appointment
Porcelain crowns are an excellent option for restoring your smile and keeping your teeth healthy. To meet with Dr. Chern and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.