Dental crowns are synthetic caps that are fabricated from high quality and durable ceramic materials. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, dental crowns can be used to restore the functionality and aesthetics of the affected tooth. They are also typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a Root Canal or Dental Implant placement.
The Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Having teeth restored with crowns serves to protect a badly damaged and/or decayed tooth from further deterioration. They cover up cracks, fractures and cavities and prevent bacteria from getting into the pulp chamber of the tooth. Dental crowns are also expertly fabricated to be virtually indistinguishable from natural, healthy teeth, making them a wonderful aesthetic solution to a smile that is more than just the worse for wear!
Teeth Replacement in Arizona: Dental Crown Procedures
Dr. Kevin Gasser begins your procedure by making an impression of the damaged/decayed tooth, which is then sent to a special laboratory. Here, a custom designed ceramic dental restoration will be carefully fabricated to exactly resemble, in aesthetics and functionality, a healthy tooth crown. He will then remove the decayed and damaged portions of the natural tooth structure before filing it down to accommodate the restorative crown.
In some cases, a temporary crown is applied to the tooth until the permanent porcelain crown is ready. When it is, it will be cemented in place and adjusted accordingly to fit your bite.
“Are porcelain crowns and veneers the same thing?”
Dental crowns are frequently confused with porcelain veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied to the front surface of a tooth or teeth that have become severely discolored or require cracks and chips to be hidden. In this respect, veneers are placed more for aesthetic purposes than for functional, as is the case with dental crowns.
Looking After Porcelain Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer, according to Arizona cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Gasser. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid the accumulation of plaque, food debris and tartar around the restoration. Certain behaviors, such as jaw clenching or Bruxism (teeth grinding), significantly shorten the life of a crown. If you have this problem, you should sleep with a mouth guard to avoid doing irreparable damage to all of your teeth.
Furthermore, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown to the remaining natural tooth structure; it could even chip or damage the crown. Take care of your newly restored teeth and they will last you significantly longer!
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- General and Preventative Dentistry
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- “All-on-4™” Implants for Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Removable Full and Partial Dentures
- Sedation Dentistry
- Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Bridges
- Porcelain Crowns
- Dental Reconstruction
- Root Canal Treatment
- Gum Disease Treatment
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