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!
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
Zironcia Dental Crowns
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.
What are Dental Crowns Used for?
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:
- Covers large areas of decay
- Protects weak or brittle teeth
- To provide a prosthetic tooth as part of a dental implant restoration
- Placed after a root canal
- Covers 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.
Dental Crown Procedure
Porcelain crown process takes place in two phases or appointments. During the first appointment, the patient will first be numbed around the specific tooth of interest. The tooth is then prepared by filing or reshaping to allow the crown to fit in securely and comfortably. After this is completed, an impression is made of the teeth and gums using a paste or putty. The impression is then sent to a laboratory to make a custom crown, which usually takes two to three weeks. During this waiting period, patients are given a temporary dental crown until the permanent crown is ready.
At the second appointment, the new crown is first evalutated for proper fit and tooth color. Once it has been determined that the new crown is ready, the temporary crown is then removed and the new one is cemented onto the tooth.
Can Dental crowns fall out?
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.
do porcelain crowns stain?
No. Porcelain is very resistant to staining. Coffee, tea, wine, and even smoking will not stain your crown.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on porcelain crowns, call Drs of Smiles today at (480) 834-6991 today! Dr. Scott LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Charles Dodaro serve Mesa, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale Arizona and surrounding areas.