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Dental crowns are one of the most common procedures requested by patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Dental crowns can be made from a lot of different materials, from composite resin to porcelain-on-metal. However, all-porcelain crowns are easily one of the most popular crown options among dental patients, and it is not without reason. Here is a look at all-porcelain crowns, how they are placed, their advantages, and more.
How Porcelain Crowns Are Placed by the Dentist
Porcelain crown placement is a procedure that can involve multiple visits to the dentist, as there are several steps in the process, especially if multiple teeth are being crowned. Initially, the teeth that will be covered with crowns will have to be prepared. Any grooves, imperfections, or cavities will be fixed. Some people must have small amounts of the tooth removed if they desire teeth that are a different shape so the crown will fit properly. Once this process is complete, impressions will be taken of individual teeth so the porcelain crowns can be custom fabricated. The crowns will then be bonded in place over each individual tooth with strong adhesive material.
The Advantages of All-Porcelain Crowns
All-porcelain crowns will, of course, give you a newly perfected smile, but these crowns also come along with several other advantages that many patients do not know about. Some of the more noteworthy advantages include:
- The crowns can be cleaned just like your regular teeth
- The crowns have the ability to last potentially for a lifetime
- The crowns look and feel just like natural teeth
- The crowns perform just the same as your regular teeth
If you are getting crowns because of certain ailments, such as a misaligned bite or slight gaps, having crowns can actually protect your jawline and the rest of your natural teeth.
How to Care for Porcelain Crowns
Your new all-porcelain crowns can last a lifetime with the proper care. However, your porcelain crowns do have to be cared for precisely to avoid causing them damage. You should:
- Practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily
- Get regular dental exams twice a year and professional cleanings
- Avoid biting extremely hard foods directly
- Avoid grinding your teeth (if you grind while sleeping, request a mouthguard from your dentist)
If one of your crowns ever feels loose or you notice a crack, it is imperative that you get dental attention immediately to prevent further damage. Most crowns can be repaired quickly in the dentist’s office, but prolonging these repairs can lead to complete failure of the crown.
Contact Us About All Porcelain Crowns
All-porcelain crowns can give you the smile you always knew you deserved but were not given naturally. If you are unhappy with your smile and believe you are a good candidate for porcelain crowns, reach out to us at the office of Dr. Andy Tang DDS for a consultation appointment.