What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are designed to cover a tooth that has been damaged from trauma or decayed by bacteria, helping to enhance its strength, appearance, and function. If a cavity has become too significant for a tooth-colored filling to correct, a porcelain crown may be the ideal treatment, often saving the tooth from eventual extraction. In addition to “capping” damaged/decayed teeth, dental crowns can also be secured to the top of dental implants, providing a durable, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.
At our practice, cosmetic dentist Colin Morton, DDS is highly experienced in custom-designing and placing porcelain dental crowns with exceptional results. To learn more about dental crowns, we encourage you to browse the information provided below. If you have any questions, or if you would like to meet with Dr. Morton to find out if dental crowns would be right for you, please call or contact our office online today to set up an appointment.
Dental Crowns vs. Veneers
Dental crowns are most commonly used to repair badly decayed or damaged teeth, whereas porcelain veneers are typically utilized to conceal aesthetic imperfections on teeth. Both of these procedures can provide cosmetic and restorative benefits, but each has its unique advantages. Porcelain veneers are thin shells affixed to the front of teeth that have stains, chips, gaps, cracks, and/or a worn-down or misaligned appearance. Porcelain crowns are designed to cover the entire tooth, protect it from further structural damage, and enhance its function and appearance. During a consultation, Dr. Morton can determine which procedure will most effectively address your particular needs and concerns.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain dental crowns are designed to provide strength and beauty to a weakened tooth. This treatment option can be recommended for the following reasons:
- To restore a tooth that has been fractured, cracked, or chipped
- To restore a tooth suffering from serious damage and decay
- To restore a tooth after root canal therapy
- To protect a weakened tooth from future fracture
- To support a large filling when there is only a small amount of tooth remaining
- To attach a dental bridge
- To cover a dental implant
As an added benefit, each dental crown from our dentist is custom-designed—meaning it should fit, feel, and look like a real tooth.
The Dental Crown Procedure
At your initial visit to our practice, Dr. Morton will meet with you to discuss your concerns. If he determines a porcelain dental crown is right for you, he will create a treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals, as well as answer any questions you may have.
The actual dental crown procedure is typically completed in two separate stages. During the first visit, the affected tooth will be numbed, and any decay in or around the tooth will be removed. The tooth will then be shaped, and an impression will be taken to help ensure the dental crown is precisely designed for an optimal fit. These steps should be virtually painless and can be performed while you are sitting comfortably in the dental chair; however, if you suffer from dental anxiety, our sedation dentistry techniques can help you feel more relaxed throughout the procedural process.
At your return visit to our office, Dr. Morton will bond your custom-made crown to the prepared tooth. Following this procedure, your new porcelain crown should look, feel, and function like a natural tooth, helping to create a more beautiful, healthier smile.
How Much Do Porcelain Dental Crowns Cost?
The cost of a porcelain dental crown procedure is based on your unique dental needs. After Dr. Morton evaluates your teeth and gums, he will create a treatment plan to address your concerns. At this time, a member of our staff will prepare a detailed cost estimate for your treatment. If you would like help navigating your insurance benefits or finding dental financing options, we would be happy to assist you. Our ultimate goal is to help you obtain the smile you desire.
How Long Do Porcelain Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are designed to last for decades with proper care. They should be maintained with a good oral hygiene routine just like normal teeth. This includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist at least twice per year. If these steps are followed, your porcelain dental crowns should last for many years.
If you have any additional questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.