Your smile is one of your most important assets. Think about it for a second, a smile can help you get that perfect job in an interview. It can help you get that persons phone number for a date. It can even help you win friends.
Did you know a smile could do so much?
The trouble comes though when maybe your smile isn’t perfect. It’s not those Hollywood pearly whites that everyone in magazines has. So, what can you do about it?
That’s where Porcelain Crowns can help.
What exactly are they though, how are they implanted and where can you get them done?
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain dental crowns replace the exterior portion of a tooth to re–establish its original function and to create a natural appearance. Crowns are the treatment of choice in situations where tooth decay has destroyed most of the original tooth, when a traumatic event has caused damage, or in cases of severe enamel erosion. They are also an option for people who grind and clench their teeth so much that the original structure of their teeth has been compromised.
Porcelain dental crowns are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth because a crown basically replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level. Crowns are not limited to simply replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.
There are a couple of options when choosing your crowns, inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations that can be used to help an otherwise healthy tooth with a large filling. Inlays are placed within the grooves between the points of a tooth, where as onlays are placed within the grooves and over the tips of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays can be used to replace old filings, and are more aesthetically pleasing because they can be made to match a tooth’s natural color. Aside from improving a tooth’s appearance, inlays and onlays can strengthen the structure of a tooth because of their durability and longevity.
When choosing between inlays and onlays it is best to go to a dental professional to tell you which one is best.
What is the procedure?
After you have had a consultation with your dentist and discussed all the treatment options, they will prepare the tooth for crowning. The first stage is to clean the tooth, remove any decay and reshape it using a burr (a special dental drill for shaping teeth) under local anesthesia. The shape of the prepared tooth is usually tapered to allow the crown sit comfortably over the top of it. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression (mould) of your teeth will be taken using a special “dental putty”. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which will use the impression of the prepared tooth as a guide to fabricate the new crown to fit perfectly. It usually takes between two to three weeks for a laboratory technician to custom-fabricate your new crown. During this time, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to cover and protect your prepared tooth.
On your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and roughen the outer surface of your prepared tooth with a special etching acid to give the dental cement a good surface to bond to. Your dentist will sit the crown over your tooth to see if it fits with your smile correctly and is the right colour and shape. Once you are both happy with the restoration and how it looks, your dentist will cement the crown firmly into place.
Where to get them done?
If this is something you are considering getting done, make sure you speak to a dental professional who can advise you to exactly what you need done and what will work best for you.
At High Dental in Armadale, Victoria you can be seen by one of our highly qualified dentists to aid you in making your decision and if you chose to go ahead, you can be confident in the knowledge that your procedure will be done to an excellent standard.
Maintenance of your crown
Maintaining porcelain dental crowns is actually quite simple. Much like your original teeth, they require routine brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to evaluate the crowns shortly after they’re placed, so the dentist can review the work and see how your mouth is reacting to the crowns. Even if you think the crowns are successful, this follow-up appointment is an important part of your future oral health.
Provided you keep up good oral hygiene program, attend regular checkups at your dentist, don’t grind your teeth, maintain a tooth-kind diet and don’t do things like open beer bottles with your teeth, a high-quality dental crown can last 10-15 years.
Porcelain crowns really can transform your smile in to a vision of absolute beauty that people will be jealous of.
If you had bad teeth, you don’t need me to tell you what a knock to your confidence it can be. Getting the porcelain crown can change your life. It may sound like an exaggeration but the wonders it can do for your self asteem and confidence really can make all the aspects of your life better.
You can get that job you want. You can get that persons number and you can surround yourself with friends.