Typically, the dental crown procedure
is completed in two stages. During the first stage, the dentist removes portions
of your natural tooth’s structure to accommodate the dental crown. Surrounding
teeth may also be prepared in this way. An impression is made and sent to the
lab, where your dental crown is created in about two weeks. A temporary crown
will be in place between visits to ensure the most natural look and feel. When
you return to the dentist’s office, the temporary crown is removed and
your new, custom dental crown is securely bonded in place.
For some patients, the dental crown procedure is altered to meet specific goals.
For example, if crowns are being utilized to anchor a dental bridge or as a
dental implant, the steps in the dental crown procedure will be slightly different.
Also, teeth with extensive damage may require that a root canal be performed
prior to placing the crown. Additionally, new technology has made it possible
to complete some dental crown procedures in a single office visit. A consultation
with your dentist can help you better understand the unique steps in your dental
Individuals may be interested in replacing
old dental crowns for a number of reasons. Concerns about the appearance of
metal crowns on prominent teeth may compel some patients to have their dental
work restored with all ceramic or porcelain crowns. Other times, dental crown
problems like wear, decay, or poor fit may lead patients to inquire about replacing
older dental crowns. Typically, patients should expect to replace their dental
crowns after approximately 10 years.
Both porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers
have unique advantages and limitations that make them appropriate for treating
specific dental concerns. For example, all ceramic or porcelain dental crowns
improve both the appearance and function of injured or damaged teeth. They cover
and protect the entire surface area of the tooth, eliminating pain and restoring
strength. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, typically address only cosmetic
concerns and are applied to otherwise healthy teeth. Stains, minor chips, misalignment,
or other imperfections can be concealed with the thin porcelain shells, which
slide over the front surface of teeth. Also, because they cover less of the
natural tooth, less tooth structure has to be removed to accommodate porcelain
veneers. A dentist can provide more information on porcelain crowns versus porcelain
veneers and help determine which treatment is best for you based on cost and
your unique goals and needs.
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