Porcelain Crowns in Vero Beach, FL
Porcelain crowns are a popular choice for improving the function and appearance of your smile. Patients choose this treatment for many reasons, like the discreetness and durability. Porcelain crowns look like your natural teeth, and they preserve the function of your smile. At Vero Dental Spa, the process of getting them is straightforward.
Initial Consultation for Porcelain
Before any dental treatment can be determined, you’ll need to attend a consultation appointment with your dentist. During this meeting, he will ask you about your oral health, general health, and wellbeing. Your dentist will then thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth. Dental imaging will also be done to ensure he has an accurate picture of your dental health.
This consultation also allows you to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. Once your candidacy has been approved, you’ll 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 three simple steps:
For the new crown to fit correctly, we’ll need to prepare the affected tooth. All crowns are created with a thickness of 2mm to ensure that they’re durable enough to withstand daily use. In the case of porcelain crowns, they create a natural-looking translucency. Your natural tooth will need to be shaped so there can be enough space for the crown to fit.
After 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 it can be as healthy as possible before placing the permanent crown.
Once your tooth is shaped and the decay has been removed, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and the space where your new crown will fit. This will be used as a guide for your custom-created crown to ensure that the finished product will fit well and look natural.
Your dentist will also perform a color match against the rest of your teeth to determine the shade your new crown should be. Once your permanent cap is secured into place, it should be virtually impossible to identify.
Your impressions will be sent to the laboratory for a team to construct your crown. It typically takes up to ten days until porcelain crowns are completed, so you’ll have a temporary cap until your permanent one arrives. The temporary crown will help protect your affected tooth and prevent your other teeth from shifting into the extra space.
Temporary crowns are almost always made of plastic or acrylic and are only fixed in place with semi-permanent cement. You will need to take extra precautions to look after them, so avoid hard, chewy, or sticky food. Make sure to brush and floss carefully to prevent yourself from pulling them out.
Once your permanent crowns are ready, you will be invited back to our office to have them fitted.
We will remove your temporary crown and may have to clean any fixing cement bonded to your tooth. Next, we will place the permanent crown and make sure you’re happy with the color and appearance before fixing it permanently. Cementing your new crown is simple. The procedure will be the same as that of your temporary crown, except this time, we’ll use a permanent cement.
Maintaining Your Porcelain Crown
You will need to be extra careful with your new crown for a few days after your final procedure, so avoid hard or chewy foods during that time. This will give your cap time to settle securely in place.
You must continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Attending your office routine checkups will help to maintain your crown and support your long-term oral health.
Want More Information About Permanent Crowns in Vero Beach, FL?
The team here at Vero Dental Spa is experienced in providing successful, high-quality porcelain crown procedures. Call Vero Dental Spa today for information about this treatment and to schedule a consultation.