Dental crowns have been around for many years. These dental restorations — which cover the entire surface of the affected tooth, right down to the gum line – are often used by Dr. Burnett to save a badly decayed tooth that cannot be repaired with a filling. Crowns are also used as parts of other dental appliances, such as dental bridges and implants. Another common use for crowns is to protect an affected tooth after a root canal procedure. Years ago, metal was the primary material used for crowns, but over the past few years porcelain crowns have become increasingly popular for patients in Garland, TX, and across the U.S. Once you learn more about porcelain crowns, you’ll understand why they are so often preferred.
What You Should Know about Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain dental material is nothing like the porcelain used in fine china. In fact, porcelain crowns are extremely strong and durable, often lasting for many, many years. The porcelain material can be very closely matched to the shade of the patient’s natural teeth, making porcelain crowns blend in seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth. This is particularly desirable for teeth that are located in the front of the mouth, where a metal crown would be very noticeable and not necessarily desirable.
The process involved in getting a new crown usually requires two trips to our Garland, TX, office. During the first visit, Dr. Burnett will prepare the affected tooth by removing all existing decay and thoroughly cleaning the surface. After that, an impression will be made, and that impression will be used to create the new porcelain crown. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent version is ready. Then – usually a couple of weeks later – the patient returns to our office, where Dr. Burnett will remove the temporary crown and fit the patient with a brand new, permanent, porcelain crown.