Tooth cavities can be distressing since they can lead to issues like pain, discomfort, and compromised tooth structure. Compromised tooth structure can negatively impact your facial aesthetics, which can lead to social embarrassment and lack of confidence. But thankfully, dental crowns can restore your damaged tooth structure to its original shape and size.
Our skilled and highly experienced dentist in New Bern, NC, and their team provide state-of-the-art porcelain crowns with increased patient compliance.
Porcelain crowns- an overview!
Porcelain crowns are the most preferred of all dental crowns since they are tooth-colored, enhancing oral aesthetics. These cap-like restorations fit over your tooth completely and help restore its original shape and size. It helps protect and strengthen the teeth from further decay or damage.
Porcelain crowns- indications explored
Porcelain crowns are usually recommended to
- Restore broken or fractured teeth
- Restore damaged teeth that are visible when you smile (anterior teeth)
- Aesthetically enhance your facial profile
- Replace large fillings that are prone to frequent fractures
- Cover teeth that have undergone root canal therapy to make the tooth functional like before
Porcelain crowns- the procedure explained
Once your dentist evaluates the affected tooth to determine the extent of damage, he/she will proceed with the procedure:
During your first visit, your dentist will:
- Administer local anesthesia to numb the affected tooth if it is severely damaged and sensitive. This helps ease pain and discomfort.
- Excavate the decayed portion carefully, and clean the tooth surface. This enables an infection-free area to prevent any secondary caries.
- Perform root canal therapy to remove the pulp tissue, clean the root canals, and restore it with a biocompatible material like gutta percha (if required)
- Prepare the tooth using dental burs to give a specific shape so the crown can provide an accurate fit.
- Record several full-mouth impressions as a base for the dental technician to fabricate the crown in accordance with the other natural teeth and the bite.
- Place a temporary crown until the permanent crown is fabricated.
During the second visit, your dentist will
- Remove the temporary crown carefully and place the permanent porcelain crown.
- Evaluate the crown to provide a proper occlusion and necessary adjustments will be made if there are high points.
Porcelain crowns are excellent dental restorations that help preserve your natural tooth structure. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, these restorations also provide stain and fracture resistance. Explore these revolutionary prostheses to regain the lost spark in your smile.