Living with a damaged tooth can be challenging. Along with affecting the way your smile looks, a damaged tooth can make everyday activities difficult and uncomfortable, such as speaking, eating, and practicing good oral hygiene. If you are suffering with a broken, misshapen, or missing tooth, Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help restore you smile's beauty and function with a porcelain dental crown. Known for their strength, durability, and natural appearance, porcelain crowns are a convenient, affordable option to achieve a healthier, more radiant smile in as little as two visits to the dentist. Here's what you should know about porcelain crowns before scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Carraway and our trusted dental team in Greer, SC.
What is a Porcelain Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that is commonly used to restore the appearance and function of a severely damaged tooth. Dental crowns work by placing a thin covering, or "cap," over the surface of the person's remaining tooth. Dental crowns can be fabricated from a number of different materials, including metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. Porcelain crowns are preferred for their natural appearance and ability to seamlessly blend with the other teeth in a person's mouth, especially if they are located in the front of a person's mouth.
Why Would I Need a Porcelain Crown?
Your dentist may recommend a porcelain crown to treat several common oral health concerns, including:
A weak tooth that is at risk of being fractured
A cavity that is too large to treat with a normal filling
A severely cracked or fractured tooth
A misshapen or discolored tooth that doesn't match its surrounding teeth
Porcelain crowns are also used for patients who have had a root canal or are missing teeth. For people missing teeth, a porcelain crown can be installed through removable dental bridges or permanent dental implants depending on the person's particular needs.
How Could a Porcelain Crown Benefit Me?
Living with a damaged tooth can have a significant impact on the quality of a person's life. Fortunately, porcelain crowns can help people suffering with the pain and embarrassment of a damaged smile live healthier, happier lives. Here's how:
Improving the shape, size, and color of a tooth
Strengthening weak teeth
Preventing further damage and subsequent pain
Offering a permanent, convenient, durable restorative option
Repairing your damaged tooth with a natural-looking porcelain crown is a great way to invest in your long-term oral and overall health. A strong smile is a healthy smile, and a healthy smile is a vital part of looking and feeling your best for a lifetime.
What to Expect from Your Porcelain Crown Procedure
In most cases, dental crown procedures take place in two separate appointments. During your first appointment, the dentist will:
Take X-rays of your mouth and surrounding bone.
Reshape the damaged tooth.
After your tooth is reshaped, an impression of your tooth will be taken and sent to a lab to create your custom, permanent crown.
A temporary crown will be placed while the other is being made; this usually takes two to three weeks.
After your permanent crown is made, you will return to the dental office for your second appointment. During this appointment, the dentist will:
Remove the temporary crown.
Make sure the permanent crown matches the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
Cement the new crown in place.
Having a dental crown placed should be a virtually painless process. At Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, your comfort and safety are always our top priority. You should be completely numbed with local anesthetic during the entire dental crown procedure. If you experience discomfort at any time, please let the dentist know so that we can ensure you stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
How Should I Care for My Porcelain Crown?
Porcelain crowns are quite strong and durable, but they may not be as strong as your natural teeth. Because of this, it's important to properly care for them to ensure they stay in good condition for years to come. Caring for your porcelain crown should be as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Here are some practical steps to keep your porcelain crown looking beautiful and functioning well:
Brush and floss your teeth diligently two times a day.
Avoiding biting down or chewing hard items, such as ice.
Visit Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry every six months for routine dental exams and professional cleanings.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
The lifespan of your porcelain crown will depend on its location in your mouth as well as how you care for it. By practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist twice a year, you can expect your porcelain crown to stay in good condition between 5 and 15 years.
What Happens If I Don't Get a Dental Crown?
Oral health problems will not resolve themselves on their own. On the contrary, most dental issues will only get worse, cause more pain, and cost more money to fix if left untreated for an extended period of time. Along with causing a person more discomfort and inconvenience, an untreated damaged tooth could lead to more serious health concerns in the long run, particularly if it's infected. This could have a negative impact on other parts of their body or lead to tooth loss. For these reasons, it's best to treat and protect damaged teeth with dental crowns before they lead to more complicated issues.
Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help
You don't have to live with a damaged smile any longer. Restoring the health, comfort, and beauty of your smile has never been easier than with porcelain dental crowns. To learn more about how porcelain crowns could benefit you, contact Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your free consultation. With our progressive techniques, state-of-the-art equipment, and a compassionate team, we can't wait to become your favorite Greer, SC dentist!
Before and After
The purpose of a porcelain crown is to wrap around the tooth and replace damaged or missing tooth enamel. We have many types of porcelain crowns available, and we use them depending on several factors including the strength or appearance of the material. On back teeth, we often use Zirconia crowns that are extremely hard, and are able to hold up to the strong forces that are present in your back teeth. Lithium Disilicate or Feldspathic Porcelain are often used on front teeth where the forces are not as strong, but where we want beautiful teeth. The advantage of porcelain crowns is that they look very natural and can be used to create a beautiful smile. When a tooth is cracked, broken, decayed, or damaged, a porcelain crown can wrap around the outer layer of the tooth and replace the enamel.
If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile, we are more than happy to provide a free consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. Porcelain crowns are a long lasting, great looking option to replace old crowns that do not have the natural appearance that you would like. Every smile is different, so the best way to discuss your options would be through a free consultation. We offer online scheduling through the link below.