These are similar to porcelain veneers but work well
on teeth that are weaker, worn or more brittle and have
very little tooth structure left. Unlike veneers, porcelain
crowns are laser bonded all the way around the tooth
to add a lot more strength and durability to the weaker
tooth structure. The strength is in the bonding ï¿½ your
natural tooth and the new metal free porcelain crown
become ï¿½oneï¿½ with todayï¿½s laser bonding materials and
techniques. Although gold or metal crowns are still used
in todayï¿½s dentistry, they are not used as frequently
in cosmetic dentistry. Because unlike metal free porcelain
crowns, gold or metal crowns require removal of healthy
tooth structure for retention. Due to the advancements
in dental materials and techniques, a more conservative
approach to tooth reduction is made possible. Porcelain
crowns have become more popular, natural looking and
No. The composite porcelain material used
to construct your porcelain crown will
be just as strong and durable as any metal
or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. Porcelain
crowns are designed to perfectly mimic
natural tooth enamel in every way. Not
only will your porcelain crown look exactly
like the rest of your natural teeth, but
it will also perform exactly like your
natural tooth would.
In order for you to receive your porcelain crowns, it usually takes two visits..During
your first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the porcelain crown. This process
requires that the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth be removed, and the
rest of the tooth shaped so that the porcelain crown can cover the remaining
tooth down to the gumline.
After the tooth has been prepared, a mold will be taken of the area to be sent
to a dental lab, where your porcelain crown will be custom made to correct your
unique problems. When the mold has been created, a temporary crown will be placed
on your tooth to protect it while your permanent porcelain crown is being constructed.
It usually takes one week for the custom porcelain crown to be created; when
they arrive back at our center, you will be invited back to have the permanent
porcelain crown bonded to your tooth. The result will be a porcelain restoration
that looks and performs just like a healthy, natural tooth.
How long will my porcelain crowns last?
With proper care and maintenance, your porcelain crown will last for many years.
After you have received your porcelain crown, it is important that you maintain
routine dental visits, and you continue to brush and floss regularly. If you
take care of your porcelain crown, it can last up to 10-20 years.
Are porcelain crowns as strong as metal crowns?
Yes. Porcelain crowns are created out of strong, durable porcelain composites
that perfectly mimic the strength, function, and appearance of your natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns are developed to be just as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal
crowns, and they last just as long once they are in place.
Can my porcelain crowns be whitened later on?
No. Generally, porcelain crowns cannot be whitened additionally after they have
been placed. However, if you would like to whiten your teeth, you can have a
tooth whitening procedure performed before you receive your crown, and then have
the crown created to match your newly whitened teeth.