Porcelain Crowns in Northgate
Repairing Smiles with Restorative Dentistry
If you have a severely damaged or decayed front tooth, your dentist can restore its health and beauty with a natural-looking porcelain crown. Completed over the course of two to three visits to Oak Tree Dental Care, a porcelain dental crown is sturdy, beautiful, and can last for years and years with proper care.
What Is a Porcelain Crown?
The dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that fits securely around a damaged tooth to restore its form and function. Porcelain crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold, or metal alloys. Because they are sturdy and look just like the natural tooth enamel, Oak Tree Dental Care prefers porcelain crowns for restoring the teeth that show when you smile.
A dental crown can perform a number of functions, including:
- Restoring a decayed tooth when there is not enough tooth enamel to support a filling
- Holding together parts of a broken tooth
- Strengthening a weak or worn tooth
- As the final step in root canal therapy
- Single or multiple tooth replacement
When used in tooth replacement, a single dental crown can be supported by a dental implant, or as part of a dental bridge for replacing multiple missing teeth.
Multiple Benefits of Dental Porcelain
Dental porcelain is a glass-like material that is used in tooth fillings, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. It is an effective aesthetic solution in restorative dentistry.
Some of the benefits of dental porcelain include:
- Very resistant to surface wear
- Blends well with the surrounding teeth
- Highly customizable to ensure a good fit
- Does not cause tooth sensitivity
Placing a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are placed over two to three visits to Oak Tree Dental Care. Your treatment plan is put in place and your tooth is prepared for the permanent porcelain crown in the first appointment. The affected tooth must be reshaped to make room for the dental crown to fit on top. You wear a temporary dental crown while the permanent is manufactured in a separate laboratory. Once the new dental crown is ready one to two weeks later, you will come back to our office for a quality check and its final placement.
Take special care of the temporary crown worn in the time between appointments. A temporary is not meant to last long, and may be more prone to breaking under pressure. Try to limit chewing to the other side of your mouth, and avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you have broken or decayed teeth that need restorative dental care? A sturdy porcelain crown is a beautiful solution. Contact your Northgate & Green Lake restorative dentists at Oak Tree Dental Care today to schedule an appointment!