Porcelain crowns or caps are placed on top of the tooth chewing surface. They are significant in restoring function to teeth after a root canal or a dental treatment that removes a large portion of the tooth. In addition, porcelain crowns can be applied to severely stained teeth to restore a natural appearance. Crowns serve many different purposes and can:
- attach bridges
- cover implants
- protect cracked or broken teeth
- protect loose fillings
There is a common misconception that veneers are crowns. However, veneers are a completely different technique! A veneer only removes a portion of the tooth and the restoration is placed in a small area. In addition, these restorations are for healthy teeth and used for cosmetic reasons like to change tooth shape or direction.
Procedure for Receiving a Crown
First, your affected tooth is reduced in size. Sometimes this removes a infection or is due to a root canal. Then, an impression is made of your mouth. Some impressions can be made digitally, without dental putty. After your impression is made there are two options. The dentist office can mill your crown in house with a CAD/CAM system. Otherwise, the impression is sent to a lab and your crown is created there. While you wait for your next appointment, you may have a temporary crown placed. At your next appointment, your permanent crown is cemented into place.
For same-day crown service Ann Arbor Smiles offers CEREC technology which allows our dentists to make your new crown in our office.
Aftercare for Porcelain Crowns
Caring for crowns is similar to caring for your restoration free teeth. You’ll want to maintain brushing twice daily and rinsing with an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash. Also, flossing near your crown is very important as it helps protect the remainder of your natural tooth. In addition, you’ll want to avoid any hard foods that could break your restoration.