Porcelain crowns in Higganum
Porcelain dental crowns are a common procedure in our Higganum dental office. Crowns are one of the most commonly used tooth restorations because they are affordable, easy to install, cosmetically beautiful and covered (at least partly) by many dental insurance plans.
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
Crowns can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Dr Keith Campbell might recommend a crown for you if:
- You have a deeply cracked, worn or fractured tooth
- You have a tooth with a large cavity
- You are undergoing a root canal
- You have a tooth that is abnormally small, strangely shaped or very discolored
Porcelain dental crowns are often used in conjunction with other restorative dentistry treatments. For example, crowns can anchor a bridge in place on either side of a missing tooth. With dental implants, a porcelain crown is the finishing touch to create a natural looking smile again. We often suggest Porcelain crowns in our Higganum dental office because they can restore or repair a variety of dental concerns.
Porcelain Dental Crowns Overview
Crowns are fitted as part of a two stage process. During your first visit, x-rays may be taken to determine the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. We often discuss which type of crown you want for your restoration. If you choose a porcelain crown while at our Higganum dental office you will go through a color matching process to pick the right shade to match your surrounding teeth. Your tooth will be prepared for the dental crown. If the area of decay is significant, it is often necessary to restore part of the tooth with a strong material to serve as a good foundation for the porcelain dental crown.
After this, a mold will be made of the treated tooth as well as the opposing and adjacent teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab so a custom crown with the correct size, shape and biting surface can be fabricated. You will be fitted with a temporary acrylic crown to cover up the prepared tooth. When your customized porcelain crown arrives at our Higganum office, it will be placed on your tooth using a strong dental bonding material. Any final shaping and polishing will be done at this stage. The goal is to ensure that your restored tooth looks good and is comfortable to use for biting and chewing. Occasionally, patients need a repeat visit to make minor adjustments to the crown.
A local anesthetic is used during both the preparation and installation phases. Any tooth sensitivity after the anesthetic wears off should be temporary. Your crown should feel comfortable and natural when it is properly installed and fitted.
Porcelain crowns have become one of the most popular materials at our Higganum dental office because they offer an inexpensive way to restore a badly compromised tooth while also providing excellent cosmetic results.