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What are Porcelain Crowns?
A porcelain crown covers your entire tooth while preserving the inside tissue. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro use porcelain crowns to preserve teeth with large areas of decay and those that are too weak for fillings, inlays or onlays. A porcelain crown will look, feel, and act just like your natural tooth!
Dental crowns are a versatile restoration that can address a variety of issues affecting your teeth. They cover your tooth to restore its health. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro can use many types of materials in making their crowns, but porcelain crowns are requested by many of their patients. The dental crowns which you will receive provide a highly functional restoration that also blends in seamlessly with your smile.
Dental crowns essentially serve two important functions. They provide an aesthetic solution to restore a beautiful smile. They also offer your tooth protection and strength to prevent further damage or decay.
There is a new type of tooth-colored crown made from zirconia, an artificial diamond type material, that is as strong as metal crowns yet gives the esthetics of a porcelain crown. It is known as a Brux-Zir crown. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro now have added this crown to the types of dental crown they can provide.
Preserving your tooth
A porcelain crown allows you to keep your natural tooth. It replaces the outside of your tooth, so you can use your tooth again. In many cases, the inside tissue is left intact.
Uses for crowns include:
- Large areas of decay
- Weak or brittle teeth
- To provide a prosthetic tooth as part of a dental implant restoration
- After a root canal
- Teeth which have been damaged by metal fillings and can no longer hold a filling
Porcelain Crowns after a Root canal
If the pulp of your tooth is decayed it must be removed, but a root canal will still allow you to keep your natural tooth. After a root canal, a porcelain crown will cover your tooth protecting it and providing strength.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Your crown will allow you to chew normally again without the pain. Our advanced technology allows us to create a crown that fits perfectly, and our dentists’ LVI training in neuromuscular dentistry means that your crown and your natural teeth will work together properly and comfortably. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro work with five specialized labs to create precision porcelain restorations.
A porcelain crown will look just like your natural tooth. Porcelain reflects light just like your tooth enamel, so the crown looks real and alive. Keeping your natural tooth help to prevent bone loss and gum shrinkage, preserving the beauty of your smile for years to come.
Health-Related Benefits of Dental Crowns
Your dental crown will significantly improve the function and health of your tooth, offering the following benefits:
- Allows you to chew normally without pain
- Allows you to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted
- Maintains the root structure of your tooth, minimizing potential oral health problems with neighboring teeth, gums, and jawbone down the road
- More durable than alternative restoration options such as dental fillings
- Easy to care for by brushing and flossing regularly
- Eliminates any pain or sensitivity in the damaged region of your tooth
Aesthetic Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns also offer several aesthetic benefits. The porcelain material mimics the translucency of tooth enamel, giving it a similar luster to your natural tooth. Also, the color of your crown can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth. As a result, your dental crown will blend in seamlessly with your smile, making it impossible for others to notice the restoration.
Porcelain Crown Questions
What is a crown?
A porcelain crown replaces the outside of your tooth, covering the tooth entirely. The inside of your natural tooth is protected and preserved.
What does a crown look like?
It will look just like your natural tooth in shape and color.
Why use porcelain?
Porcelain is strong and beautiful. It reflects light in the same way as tooth enamel, so it looks like the real thing. Gold is very visible, even in the back of your mouth.
Porcelain and other tooth-colored materials fused to metal will be the same color as your tooth, but:
- They don’t reflect light in the same way, so they don’t look real and alive
- Over time they develop a dark line near the gum line
Will my crown eventually come loose or pop off?
No. This was a common problem in the past, but our state-of-the-art technology and Dr. LeSueur’s and Dr. Dodaro’s LVI training allow us to craft a porcelain crown which is precisely fitted to your tooth, so it will be properly seated and stay firmly in place.
Will my crown become stained if I drink coffee or smoke?
No. Porcelain is very resistant to staining. Coffee, tea, wine, and even smoking will not stain your crown.
Can I get my crown in one office visit?
No. Your porcelain crown will be made in a lab. It will require two office visits – one to prepare and measure your tooth, and one to place your custom crafted crown. You will wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth in between visits.