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Damage to teeth can happen for various reasons like injuries, use over time, or tooth decay.
A damaged tooth may lose its functionality and could become sensitive to cold or hot food and drinks.
It is prone to more decay because bacteria and food leftovers continue to harm the tooth through the cavities.
At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide solutions to the damaged tooth by installing replacement dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
Replacement dental crowns are caps resembling a tooth and they are placed over the damaged tooth.
You can think of replacement crowns as caps for the teeth. These restorations help restore the appearance, strength, size, and shape of a tooth.
A dentist cements the replacement crowns on your tooth, covering the visible part of that tooth.
Why Do You Need a Replacement Crown?
You may receive dental crowns if you have a weak tooth possibly from decay or from breaking to protect it.
If parts of a tooth are cracked, making it weak, you can get dental crowns to keep the parts together and strengthen the tooth to function better.
Crowns may also help restore a broken or badly worn down tooth.
Porcelain Crowns, The Preferred Material
Our professionals at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry utilize porcelain crowns to meet your cosmetic dental needs.
Porcelain material is aesthetically preferred in cosmetic and restorative dentistry for its natural appearance.
Porcelain is a durable, stain resistant material, with a semi-translucent finish nearly identical to your natural tooth enamel.
A porcelain crown will provide you with a prosthetic cap cemented over your tooth that our team of experts at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry can put onto your tooth.
You can expect a porcelain crown to last over 10 years. Of course, this requires proper care and bi-annual professional cleaning from our team.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns Over Ceramic Crowns
There are many benefits of porcelain crowns when compared to ceramic.
The most apparent are the differences in appearance. While both can be color-matched to your existing teeth, porcelain has a more natural look.
This is largely due to the differences in material and design.
Ceramic crowns often require that they have a metal core for sufficient durability. The metal gives it a darker appearance, especially in bright light.
On the other hand, porcelain does not require a metal core.
This is because the process of creating porcelain makes the material harder and more durable.
Since there is no underlying metal, your porcelain crown will feature the semi-transparent look, just like your natural teeth.
Most people will not even know that you have a crown on that tooth.
The only downside of porcelain crowns is that they are one of the most expensive material options. This is because porcelain is both difficult to create and difficult to work with.
The added labor costs drive up the value of this restoration. However, the pristine look of porcelain crowns make them worth the added investment.
Replacement Dental Crowns Procedure
Placing dental crowns typically requires two visits to our dental office.
In the first appointment, our dentist will examine the tooth meant to receive a crown.
We will take x-rays of that tooth, including the bone surrounding it. If decay is present, our dentist may first perform a root canal before proceeding with the crown procedure.
We will then file down the tooth to make room for the crown so that it does not push against the adjacent teeth.
The amount of tooth surface we file away will vary significantly based on the type of caps or crowns we install.
All-metal crowns tend to be thinner and they do not require much tooth surface to be removed.
On the other hand, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and all-porcelain are much thicker, as such, they need more filing down of the tooth.
Additionally, if much of the tooth is missing as a result of decay or damage, we can use a filling material to build up sufficient tooth structure.
We will then make a copy of the tooth, which is also called an impression.
We will use that impression to have your dental crowns made in a lab. It will take approximately two to three weeks to have the crowns constructed.
During this time, short-term, or temporary, crowns are fitted on the tooth to cover and protect it.
When you come back in for the second visit, we will fit your final crowns.
We may use a numbing agent to numb the tooth when placing your new dental crown.
Our dentist will permanently cement the replacement crown in place.
Caring for Replacement Crowns
A crowned tooth does not require any special care.
Nonetheless, the underlying tooth has to be protected from perils such as decay and gum disease.
As such, it is important that you follow a good oral hygiene routine and habits.
Biting on hard objects or surfaces is not advised if you have replacement crowns because they can crack them.
Be sure you make trips to come see our dentist for checkups, exams, and cleanings.
Observe your hygiene routine. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once each day.
Focus on the areas where the gums meet with the teeth.
Find Out if You Can Benefit from a Dental Crown
If you think you can benefit from a dental crown, visit us at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry to let our dentist evaluate you.
Porcelain crowns are a great way of covering an unsightly or severely stained tooth and giving your smile a uniform appearance.
If you would like more information on porcelain crowns or are ready to obtain the smile of your dreams, then it is time to come see us at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry.
You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (310) 707-1577 today.