There are different types of crowns but the most widely chosen one is a porcelain crown. When teeth have eroded to the point that the enamel is gone and the dentin is exposed, the patient can experience pain with every bite and a sensitivity to both hot and cold food and beverage items. Whether the teeth have been eroded, chipped, or discolored, a porcelain crown can prove beneficial to restoring the tooth to its normal functionality. It is important to try and save the natural tooth even if it is very worn, damaged, or has decay. This is because if removed, an even more expensive and invasive restorative surgery will be required in order to fill the space and restore the oral cavity to a good state of health.
Crowns are most commonly manufactured from either metal or porcelain. They are placed on the chewing surface of the tooth in order to stabilize it and give it additional strength. Porcelain crowns are more frequently chosen because they can be colored to match any tooth shade a patient might have. Come in to see us at our office here at Mid Valley Family Dental to find out how porcelain crowns can benefit you. We are always here to answer your questions and provide you with all of the information you need to make your treatment decision.
When Are Crowns Necessary?
Any patient suffering from extensive tooth decay or severely eroded teeth can get benefits from a porcelain crown placement. Teeth can become weakened by decay or disease or perhaps from multiple fillings. Once they become weakened, they are far more prone to disease and infection. Once a crown is placed, it can add lost strength and resiliency to the tooth itself. They can also be used to cover discolored patches found in the tooth enamel.
A crown placement requires the patient to come in for two separate appointments. X-rays are taken on the first appointment to assess the best site for the crown to be placed. We also will remove all infected tissue, so it is clean and ready to receive the crown. We will then review the entire treatment protocol, so the patient is aware of everything the procedure entails. We can also check the bone mass through the use of the x-ray images to determine if any other treatment might be necessary.
Porcelain Crown Lifespan
It is important to continue with proper oral health care, including brushing and flossing just like normal. This not only maintains the high level of oral health of the mouth but also how long the crown will last. Patients should avoid eating sticky foods or acidic drinks or foods as well. This can potentially damage the crown and shorten its lifespan.
For those patients who have long been thinking about a crown, why not come see our professional staff to find out more. We can give you a free evaluation and answer your questions here at our office Mid Valley Family Dental. Patients can also contact us at this number (503) 902-1622 for a phone consultation or to schedule their initial office visit. We are here for your treatment needs.