Porcelain crowns are single tooth restorations performed in cases where there is insufficient tooth structure left after fractures, decay or failing restorations. Crowns cover the entire visible tooth surface and protect and strengthen broken teeth, restoring them to proper function.
Restoration with porcelain crowns requires two visits. During the first session, the tooth is prepared by drilling any old fillings and cleaning out decay. It is then shaped and fitted for the porcelain crown. A custom shade is taken to color-match the tooth, and a mold is created of the tooth and sent to a laboratory. All porcelain crowns are custom-made in a laboratory. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown until the final visit, where the crown is tried on and adjusted before being permanently cemented onto the tooth.
Porcelain crowns can also be used in cosmetic procedures to improve the outward appearance of the teeth.
FAQs About Porcelain Crowns:
Will I Need A Root Canal Before Getting A Porcelain Crown?
No, a root canal is not always necessary before getting a porcelain crown. Sometimes restorations with porcelain crowns are performed to avoid root canal by preventing the further fracture of a tooth.
Is A Porcelain Crown Permanent Or Can It Be Removed?
A porcelain crown is permanent and non-removable.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
Porcelain crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years and usually longer if the patient practices proper dental care.
Do Porcelain Crowns Look Like Real Teeth?
Yes, porcelain crowns are custom-made to match existing teeth.
For more information about porcelain crowns, contact Dr. Rozenberg and the staff at Lana Rozenberg D.D.S. at (212) 265-7724 or click here to schedule a consultation online for our New York City Dental Office.