Dentures, crowns, and dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. All three dental devices are designed to be placed or attached over existing teeth in your mouth. When a tooth is missing, it is important to replace it with something that looks great and serves a functional purpose. But how do you know which type of dental device and material works best for you and your needs? Porcelain crowns are the best and are designed to cover an entire surface of a single tooth or several teeth. It completely covers your natural tooth and surrounding gums, providing full protection while also ensuring all surfaces of your tooth can be seen properly. Visit us here at Gresham Dental Excellence to learn why you need porcelain crowns and why they are the best for your teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Using Porcelain Crowns?
The biggest advantage of getting porcelain crowns is that they are strong and durable. But their durability is mainly determined by how well you take care of them. If you clean your teeth daily, porcelain crowns can last for several years and will not cause any oral issues. Even though porcelain crowns may cost a bit more, they are worth it since they will save you money in the long run, as well as minimize your need for dental visits.
The Porcelain Crown Procedure
The first step to getting a porcelain crown is to get your teeth cleaned by the dentist. This is important because it allows our dentist to see if there are any problems with your teeth that can affect their ability to accept a crown. You will also need to have some x-rays taken of your mouth, and these will be sent to a lab that makes dental crowns. The lab then molds a cap that fits on top of an existing tooth. However, we will first have to give you a temporary cap to protect your teeth from infections while waiting for your permanent crown. On your final visit, you will receive your porcelain crowns.
How Long Does It Take To Get Porcelain Crowns?
The porcelain crown process can take anywhere from one to three visits. At your first visit, we will take an impression of your teeth to make a mold in a dental lab. That takes about two weeks. Once you return to our office, we will place that mold on your tooth and work with you to ensure it is perfectly positioned. This is typically done at two separate appointments over two weeks so that you are not in pain or distracted during normal daily activities.
How to Take Care of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns are naturally hard, but this does not mean that they will not become damaged. If you do not take care of them, they should last several years. Therefore, it is essential to talk to Dr. Cooke to learn the right products to properly maintain them. For more information about porcelain crowns visit our office Gresham Dental Excellence or call us at (971) 431-7292.