If you are considering a smile makeover or need damaged teeth repaired, research porcelain crowns. This is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures because of its many benefits. Below are some frequently asked questions for patients considering porcelain crowns.
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What is a Porcelain Crown?
A crown is a dental restoration that covers your entire tooth. While fillings restore one or several tooth surfaces, a crown restores all five surfaces. Porcelain crowns are custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of surrounding teeth. Porcelain crowns can be made entirely of ceramic or include other materials, such as titanium or gold.
When Are Porcelain Crowns Used?
Anytime you need a crown in the front of your mouth, porcelain will be the recommended material due to its ability to provide an esthetically pleasing restoration. However, porcelain crowns are also used to restore back teeth due to their strength, durability, and biocompatibility. In addition, porcelain crowns are used to repair teeth that are severely decayed, cracked, or misaligned.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
Usually, dental crowns last between five and fifteen years. However, it is common for porcelain crowns to last twenty years or longer. Common reasons for needing a replacement include recurrence of decay around the crown, damage to the porcelain, and receding gums.
How Can I Prolong the Life of a Porcelain Crown?
The most important thing you can do to prevent frequent replacement of a porcelain crown is to maintain excellent oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once daily. Additionally, your dentist may recommend a fluoride mouth rinse for added protection against tooth decay. Other steps you can take to protect your crown include avoiding eating hard foods excessively, not chewing ice or other items such as fingernails, and not grinding your teeth.
Does It Hurt to Get a Porcelain Crown?
The porcelain crown procedure is much like getting a dental filling, except it may take a little longer. Before treating the tooth, a local dental anesthetic is administered to numb your tooth and the surrounding gums. After the procedure, when the anesthetic wears off, you may have some sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days. If this persists or if you have a constant toothache, you should contact your dentist for an evaluation.
How Much Does a Porcelain Crown Cost?
The cost of a porcelain crown varies based on factors including the following:
The type of material used.
The need for other procedures, such as root canal therapy, gum surgery, crown lengthening, or repair of adjacent teeth.
The location of the tooth in your mouth.
The complexity of the procedure, such as the tooth being broken off beneath the gum line or the need for additional anesthesia or sedation.
The need for additional digital images of the tooth or jaw.
Porcelain crowns can help restore your smile and enhance your self-confidence. Contact Trident Dental for a complete cosmetic dentistry consultation to discover the many ways we can help you maintain optimal oral health.