Porcelain Crowns/Crowns in a Day
Restore Damaged or Fractured Teeth with Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns are a versatile restorative dentistry solution, serving as a durable and natural-looking fix to repair weak, discolored, or broken teeth. Crowns are customized to fit snugly over a tooth in order to improve the tooth’s shape, size, and durability while complementing the rest of your teeth and smile.
The Versatility of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns are able to play many roles, which makes them a popular solution for dentists and patients alike. Porcelain crowns are used to:
- Restore discolored or misshapen teeth.
- Repair fractured teeth.
- Cover damaged teeth.
- Protect weak teeth from breaking.
- Replace lost tooth structure.
- Support dental bridges.
And, of course, along with restoring functionality, porcelain crowns are intended to cosmetically enhance your teeth. If you have a large area of decay that is threatening the health and stability of a tooth, a crown can be used to cover an unsightly filling area. Crowns are produced with a natural color that matches your existing teeth – no one will ever know that you have a crown on your tooth unless you reveal it.
Ultimately, the job of a crown is to restore full functionality to your tooth so that you can bite and chew normally and so that the surrounding teeth are supported by the presence of the crown. If your teeth are weak, decayed, or fractured because of trauma, genetics, poor oral hygiene, or otherwise, crowns masterfully restore parts of your smile.
How Are Dental Crowns Attached?
The dental crown process can usually be completed in one to two visits to your dentist. Before the crown can be put in place, the tooth it will be covering must be shaved or ground down to a smaller size in order for the crown to fit properly. Your dentist will take a mold of your tooth so that the crown can be customized and fit perfectly. Whenever your crown is ready, it is placed over the damaged tooth and bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
In some situations, crowns can be ready in a day. CEREC technology makes it possible for your dentist to create customized restorations on-site. That means no waiting for your crown to come back from an off-site lab and, if there is any problem with the crown or the shape or color is not right, your dentist will be able to edit it appropriately in the office while you’re waiting.
Are There Different Types of Dental Crowns?
All dental crowns work for the same result: to strengthen a tooth, restore its function, and improve the appearance of the tooth. There are several different types of dental crowns available, though your dentist may not offer all of these options:
- All-Porcelain Crowns: Sometimes called “all-ceramic crowns,” all-porcelain crowns are made completely of porcelain and sometimes engineered dental ceramic. For patients who are sensitive to metal or have a full-blown metal allergy, all-porcelain crowns are aesthetically pleasing as well as comfortable.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM): Completely natural-looking and incredibly strong, PFM crowns are made with a porcelain exterior and metal interior. A durable option, PFM crowns can be problematic for people who have a metal allergy.
- Ceramic zirconia crowns: Ideal for severely stained or damaged teeth, ceramic zirconia crowns are metal-free, fracture-resistant, and designed to match the color of the rest of your teeth.
- Metal crowns: Though extremely durable, metal crowns are not as popular as all-porcelain crowns because they are made of gold or other alloys and very noticeable in the mouth.
If you have a fractured, broken, or damaged tooth, consult with Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez or Dr. Sharon Schmeiser in Miami, Florida, to determine if porcelain crowns are the right choice for you.