Porcelain crowns are natural-looking covers that fit over the teeth and conceal severely cracked, discolored, injured, or chipped tooth. Porcelain crowns are a viable option when damage to one's teeth is extensive and teeth are beyond repair. Porcelain crowns are an excellent option for recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth. They are also an option for people who are heavy clenchers and teeth grinders.
Typical situations application of porcelain crown include extreme tooth decay, broken tooth, large filling or, when there is not much of a tooth structure remaining. In these situations, use of porcelain crown can be a highly effective means for repairing severe dental problems and restoring one's smile. A key benefit of using porcelain crowns is that there will be no more "gray holes" near the gum. Another benefit of porcelain crown is that it is biocompatible thus reducing the risk of allergic reactions.
After careful clinical examination of your teeth, Dr. White will present the pros and cons, prognosis and longevity, and cost and benefits of porcelain crowned tooth. He will then select the right crown after considering different materials, selecting the one that will provide the most comfortable chewing and appearance for you.
Porcelain crowns are very popular for due to their longevity and ability to match shading of adjacent natural teeth. After bonding porcelain crowns on teeth, chewing hard food, ice, candy, or other hard objects should be avoided to prevent crown damage. It is also important to avoid biting finger nails and grinding teeth, which could significantly reduce porcelain crow's lifespan. Habitual clenching and grinding could damage the porcelain crown. Therefore, it is recommended to wear an intraoral splint at night to protect the crown when sleeping. Brush twice a day and floss, or use an interdental cleaner once a day to remove plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria.