There are various dental conditions such as cracks, chips, or decay that can compromise the strength and structure of a tooth. A porcelain crown can reinforce the strength, appearance, and function of the tooth. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we use porcelain crowns because of their unique combination of natural tooth appearance and durability.
Who Is a Candidate For Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are ideal for patients who:
- Have damaged front teeth
- Want a robust restoration
- Are looking for aesthetically pleasing results
- Are allergic to metals or gold
What Problems Can Porcelain Crowns Fix?
Crowns have different functions and can cover up severe tooth imperfections, including
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Teeth with overly large fillings
- Severely worn or decayed teeth
- Chipped or misshapen teeth
- Severely discolored teeth
- Safeguard teeth that have had a root canal procedure
- Support teeth on both sides of a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
Porcelain Crown Procedure
It takes two visits for Dr. Gary Lucombe to fix a porcelain crown. During your preliminary appointment, the tooth is prepared. The damaged or decayed areas of the tooth are removed, and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Next, the enamel is reshaped to create space for the crown. Then, we take impressions of your tooth and send them to our dental lab to fabricate your porcelain crown. We will make sure to match the shade of your new restoration with your existing teeth. In the meanwhile, we will secure your tooth with a temporary crown.
When your crown is ready, you come in for a second appointment. First, we clean all of your teeth. Then we test the permanent crown for fit and color match with the adjacent teeth. Then we permanently bond the crown onto your tooth using dental adhesives. No recovery period is needed; you can immediately use your new crowned tooth to eat regular foods. With proper care, your porcelain crown can last for decades.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns are designed to imitate the appearance of natural teeth and look even better than the teeth they are covering. These crowns are available in various shapes and sizes to fit securely over the impaired teeth. Porcelain crowns blend seamlessly with your existing teeth and are not even noticeable. Due to their cosmetic appeal, these crowns are most commonly used to conceal the front teeth.
If you want to learn more about porcelain crowns, visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910. You can also reach us at 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.