When a tooth becomes cracked or otherwise damaged, a porcelain dental crown is often used to protect and restore the tooth. In cases where a tooth is completely missing, porcelain crowns (commonly known as caps) can be placed over a dental implant instead. In the past, metal crowns were common for this procedure, but just as fillings have improved over the years to be as inconspicuous as possible, so have crowns. This is the reason why Dr. Zadeh offers the natural and pleasing-looking option of porcelain crowns.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
Porcelain crowns take the place of a tooth when used with an implant, or to repair a damaged tooth to make it appear whole again. Cracked teeth, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and dental implants all need to be protected with crowns for medical, dental, and cosmetic reasons.
In most cases, porcelain crowns can be used to cover a cracked tooth, dead tooth, or a dental implant abutment to make your smile appear whole and natural. The new device not only protects the affected tooth, but the teeth nearby, as missing, damaged, or broken teeth can cause other teeth to shift, or in some cases, lead to infections resulting in additional problems. Crowns protect damaged teeth from further harm, breakage, and deterioration by protecting the often brittle remainder of the tooth and prevent additional invasion of bacteria. For implants, the crown simply serves as an aesthetically pleasing replacement for the missing tooth and provides balance to the smile.
The most common uses are:
- • Restoring your tooth or teeth after root canal therapy
- • Preparing for a bridge fitting
- • Dental Implants
- • Augmenting partial dentures
- • Restoring broken, cracked, or worn teeth
- • Extensive discoloration too severe for veneers or bleaching
How Are Porcelain Crowns Placed On My Teeth?
Receiving a crown is similar to the process of receiving a bridge. First, Dr. Zadeh will take impressions of your teeth and prepare your tooth or teeth by sanding down the enamel to make room for the cap(s). If there is no tooth or the tooth is broken beyond repair, Dr. Zadeh will first extract the offending tooth and give the patient a dental implant. Dr. Zadeh will then place a temporary crown around the tooth or implant while your permanent crown is being completed in his dental lab.
Once your permanent dental crown is completed, Dr. Zadeh will make adjustments and then set it on your tooth with dental cement. Afterwards, he will make sure that it sits perfectly, feels comfortable, and is secure. As crowns are constructed outside of the mouth, they can be made to fit more precisely than other restorative materials and marginal adaptations such as the seal can be fitted much more precisely. This allows the new crown to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth and replace any missing or damaged tooth structure.
Porcelain crowns can last from ten to fifteen years with proper care and are an extremely convenient way of preserving your teeth. Smoking and/or not regularly cleaning your teeth can stain the porcelain, so good dental hygiene and regular dentist cleanings are a necessity to keep your crown looking its best. Some people may never need to replace their crowns, and while there are no guarantees that your crown will last forever, the high standards of quality that Dr. Zadeh holds will ensure it will last for years to come. The average dental crown lifespan, regardless of material of manufacture, is about 10 years, but there have been instances of crowns lasting 50 years or more. As dental technology continues to improve, crowns lasting for the entire lifespan of a patient will become increasingly common.
You can view before-and-after photos of porcelain crowns (caps) in our photo gallery.