When are Porcelain Dental Crowns Used?

Porcelain crowns are restorations that fit directly over the tooth’s crown. They are designed to restore the appearance, size and strength of the tooth and cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. Your dentist may recommend a porcelain crown under a variety of conditions. If you have had a root canal treatment, have severely decayed or damaged teeth or need a dental bridge, you may benefit from porcelain dental crowns.

A root canal treatment removes infected or damaged tissue from the inner chambers of a tooth. After this tissue is gone, the dentist will place a special material to protect the tooth. Because the nerves are removed during the root canal process, the tooth may become more brittle over time. A porcelain dental crown placed on a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy can strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage. As teeth that have had root canal treatments tend to darken over time, dental crowns can also improve their cosmetic appearance.

Teeth that have serious structural problems because of decay, fracture or trauma may be preserved with a crown. Severe cosmetic abnormalities may also indicate a need for a crown. Your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment before placing a porcelain dental crown on the tooth. When placed, the crown will protect the tooth from additional damage or decay and restore its appearance.

Finally, if you are missing one or several teeth, dental crowns may be used to support a bridge designed to span the gap. The dental crowns will be attached to the bridge, and the teeth adjacent to the gap, or the abutment teeth, will be bonded to the crowns.

If you are a candidate for porcelain crowns, your dentist will begin by evaluating your smile. Dental impressions may be taken, and your tooth or teeth will be prepared. Your dentist will numb the area in which he or she will be working, and then the tooth will be shaped and contoured to ensure a properly fitting crown. Dental impressions or images may again be taken, and you will have temporary dental crowns placed to protect and restore your prepared teeth. Once your porcelain crowns are ready, you will return to the office to have them bonded to your teeth.

Porcelain crowns cannot decay, however teeth underneath the crowns may still be susceptible to the development of dental caries. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss them daily and visit your dentist every six months to reduce the risk of decay.

Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood uses crowns to strengthen the teeth. This North Hollywood porcelain crowns expert can determine if dental crowns can help you ensure the health of your teeth.


July 4, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Health and Fitness

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