Porcelain crowns are an extremely popular choice for improving the function and appearance of your smile. There are many reasons to choose porcelain crowns, like their discreetness and durability. Porcelain crowns look exactly like your natural teeth, and they preserve the function of your smile. At Vero Dental Spa, the process of getting porcelain crowns is straightforward and easy.
Initial Consultation For Porcelain Crowns
Before any dental treatment can be determined, you will need to attend a consultation appointment with your dentist. During this meeting, you will be asked about your oral health, general health, and wellbeing.
Your dentist will make a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth. Dental imaging will also be done so that your dentist has a completely accurate picture of your dental health.
This consultation appointment also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the procedure. Once your candidacy has been approved, you will be able to schedule the first of two appointments to get your porcelain crowns.
First Appointment for Porcelain Crowns
Your first visit for your porcelain crown procedure will take place in 3 simple steps.
For the new crown to fit correctly, the tooth that is being restored will need to be prepared. All crowns are created with a specific thickness. This ensures that they are strong enough/durable enough to withstand daily use, and in the case of porcelain crowns, to create a natural-looking translucency. The minimal thickness required is around 2mm, which means that your original tooth will need to be shaped in order for there to be enough space for the crown to fit. As well as shaping your tooth down (or building it up if there is not enough natural tooth to support the crown), your dentist will remove any decay so that the tooth to be covered is as healthy as possible before the permanent crown is placed.
Once your tooth is shaped into the correct size and shape, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth, and in particular, the space where your new crown will fit. This will be used as a guide for your custom-created crown, ensuring that the finished product will fit well and look natural. Your dentist will also ascertain the color that your new crown should be by performing a color-match against the rest of your teeth. Once your permanent crown is secured into place, it should be virtually impossible to identify.
Your impressions will be sent away to the team that will be constructing your crown. It typically takes around a week to ten days for porcelain crowns to be ready, and so you will be given temporary crowns until this time.
The temporary crown will help protect your affected tooth and prevent the other teeth in your mouth from shifting into the additional space. Temporary crowns are almost always made from plastic or acrylic.
Temporary crowns are only fixed in place with semi-permanent cement. This means that you will need to take extra precautions to look after them, avoiding hard, chewy, or sticky food and brushing and flossing carefully to avoid pulling them out.