Everyone wants a perfect smile, but sometimes it takes a little work to get there.
If your teeth are in need of repair, porcelain crowns may be the solution for you. A dental crown is an artificial cover designed to replace or repair badly damaged or decayed teeth. A crown is made by taking an impression of the damaged tooth and then producing a custom-made “cap” which adheres to the tooth.
The crown covers the tooth, restoring it to its normal size, shape and function. It not only improves the appearance of your smile but also strengthens the tooth and improves the alignment of your mouth as a whole. Crowns can come in other materials, but porcelain models are designed to look indistinguishable from natural teeth, as well as being easier to form to the correct shape.
Having a porcelain crown put in is a straightforward and painless procedure. There is no need to feel daunted. If you are considering a porcelain crown to transform your smile, here is a quick summary of what to expect from the procedure.
A dental crown generally requires two separate visits to your dentist. On the first visit, your dentist will examine the tooth in question, ensuring that it is suitable to be crowned. It may need some additional preparation such as filing or filling to ensure it can support a porcelain crown. An impression of the tooth will then be taken so that a crown can be constructed. An impression will also need to be made of the opposite tooth on the opposing jaw. This tooth will connect with the crown when you bite so it will have to be taken into account to ensure the crown fits. You will receive a temporary crown at the end of this visit to protect the tooth until the finished crown is ready. This process can take up to three weeks.
On your second visit, the permanent crown will be affixed to your tooth. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and adhere the new porcelain to your teeth with a specially-designed dental adhesive. Before the crown has been applied, your dentist will check to ensure it has been made correctly, making sure it is the right fit and color to match your natural teeth. A local anesthetic is usually administered to numb your mouth throughout the procedure.
Once your porcelain crown procedure is complete, you will be able to go home and enjoy your new tooth. It may take some time to get used to, as it may initially feel strange in your mouth. But after some time, it will feel, look and function exactly like a regular tooth.
If you are having issues with damaged, discolored or misshapen teeth, why not get in touch to discuss whether a porcelain crown is the right solution for you? At Birmingham Dental Center in Birmingham, Michigan, we provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry from porcelain crowns to bridges and dental implants. Give us a call and book an appointment to discuss your dental needs.