Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
What is a dental crown or cap, and which term is correct, anyway? A dental crown is a tooth-shaped material that’s placed over an existing tooth structure in order to restore the tooth’s original shape, size, and strength. Not only does a crown protect an existing tooth from further damage, it also enables the wearer to have a fully functional mouth capable of eating, chewing, and smiling.
As far as whether “crown” or “cap” is the correct word choice—it turns out that both are correct!
There are many types of crowns (or caps), including ones made from stainless steel, ceramic, or alloys such as gold or platinum. With that said, the most popular option tends to be porcelain crowns. Why is that the case? For one, they resemble the color of natural teeth so closely that even the closest observers can be fooled. For another, porcelain caps and crowns are highly durable, which means that a patient can wear them for years without the need for replacement.
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Why Should Patients Get Porcelain Crowns?
There are several reasons why a porcelain crown may be needed. They include the following:
- To restore a broken or fractured tooth
- To make a cosmetic enhancement or modification
- To replace part of, or an entire, decayed tooth
- To support a tooth with a fractured filling
- To connect parts of a cracked tooth
- To protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal
- To cover dental bridges or implants
Dentists will recommend porcelain crowns if they see that a patient’s teeth or at risk of fracturing, or show signs of wear and tear due to teeth grinding or decay. In the case of younger patients, a pediatric dentist may install a crown/cap in order to save a damaged tooth or to reverse the effects of dental diseases. Whether young and old, patients should make a habit of getting regular dental check-ups to make sure that preventable oral health conditions do not develop or become worse.
What Is The Porcelain Crown Process?
Typically, the procedure to install a porcelain crown can be completed in two dental office visits. In the first visit, the dentist or dental technician will take highly accurate molds (or impressions) of the patient’s teeth so that the crown is custom fit to his or her mouth. In addition, the dentist will remove any decay that may be present so that a porcelain crown can fit properly.
The dental mold is a temporary replacement for the crown that will eventually serve as the full-time option. Placed with temporary cement, the mold stays on the affected tooth for about two weeks while the patient waits for the crown to be made by a dental laboratory.
In the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, clean the area where it was housed, and then affix the newly-made porcelain crown. This crown is placed carefully in the patient’s mouth in order to ensure that teeth spacing and bite work properly.
The patient will be given instructions on how to care for his or her porcelain crown. Regular follow-up appointments will need to be scheduled to check on the effectiveness of the new implant. For more information on porcelain crowns/caps, contact Galleria Dental today!