Porcelain Crowns

Transform your smile with the strength and beauty of porcelain crowns

As you age, your teeth age too. Decay, fillings, trauma or even just normal chewing habits can make your teeth break down over time. A porcelain dental crown or a cap is a cover that is placed over a tooth to protect a weakened tooth from further fracturing or deteriorating. A Porcelain crown could also be used to replace a discolored or badly shaped tooth or protect a tooth that has had a root canal. Lastly, a new porcelain crown is necessary to simply replace an old worn down or defective crown. All porcelain crowns are generally considered the most aesthetic choice since they closely resemble the color and appearance of your teeth. Porcelain continues to improve and in fact, there are newly developed porcelain materials, such as zirconium and empress 2 that can better withstand the forces of chewing.

What is a Porcelain Crown?

Porcelain crowns, also known as ceramic crowns or porcelain teeth, provide a viable solution for individuals with damaged teeth. These crowns are personalized caps that are bonded to the tooth, fitting perfectly over it to restore its original size, strength, and functionality.

Crowns are widely regarded as the gold standard for safeguarding and fortifying teeth that cannot be repaired using fillings or other dental procedures. Porcelain crowns are created using tooth-colored porcelain, which blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth, enhancing not only their strength but also their visual appeal.

Different Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns come in various options, such as ceramic or porcelain crowns, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metal alloys.

Of all the options, porcelain or tooth-colored crowns are the most popular due to their natural look and ability to blend seamlessly with your actual teeth. This makes them an excellent choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when smiling or speaking.

Porcelain or ceramic dental crowns are highly durable and can last for many years. However, like other dental crown restorations, they may eventually require replacement.

Even the most durable porcelain crowns can chip or become damaged, requiring consultation with your dentist for repair or replacement.

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Porcelain Crowns Vs Veneers

Both porcelain crowns and veneers are utilized to enhance the look of your teeth, particularly if your front or visible teeth have discolouration or damage.

Veneers are typically used for aesthetic improvements only as they consist of super-thin porcelain and are bonded solely to the front of the tooth. They do not strengthen the tooth but instead enhance its appearance and shape.

In contrast, porcelain crowns cover the entire tooth and provide protection for damaged teeth while also improving the aesthetics of your smile.

Consulting with our dentist at our Charlottesville dental office regarding options for enhancing the health, strength, and appearance of your teeth is always advisable. We can recommend the best approaches to make your teeth the best they can be.


Porcelain Crowns On Your Front Teeth

When it comes to porcelain crowns, the most common area for treatment is your front teeth. These teeth are the most visible and can benefit the most from porcelain dental crowns, making a significant and noticeable improvement to your smile.

Damaged or imperfect teeth can not only cause health issues, but also impact your self-confidence and self-image. Having healthy and aesthetically pleasing teeth can make a significant difference in your overall appearance, making you look and feel younger and enhancing your quality of life.

Damaged front teeth can be especially challenging, affecting not only your ability to eat and chew but also your confidence in your appearance. Porcelain crowns can transform both your oral health and self-esteem, giving you that “perfect smile” that will bring a smile to your face and enhance your overall quality of life.

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The Porcelain Crown Procedures

Getting a porcelain crown usually involves two appointments at our dental office, where the first appointment involves preparing your teeth, assessing internal cracks, removing decay, and placing a temporary crown. The temporary crown is placed using non-permanent cement and checked for proper alignment and comfort while the permanent crown is being customised.

At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and the new porcelain crown is bonded to the tooth using local anesthesia. The patient’s bite is checked to ensure that the crown fits correctly. We will provide instructions on how to care for the new crown, and it will be monitored during regular dental check-ups.


What to expect after a porcelain crown procedure

After the installation of porcelain crowns and healing, normal eating and drinking can be resumed, and the crowns can be cared for with brushing and flossing like natural teeth. A toothpaste for sensitive teeth may be beneficial. It may take time to adjust to the feeling of the crown in the mouth, and a dentist may need to adjust the crown if discomfort persists.

How long do porcelain crowns last?

Porcelain crowns need to be regularly examined and may need to be replaced if they become chipped or damaged. Loose or falling-off crowns should be immediately addressed as they can cause increased tooth decay and other problems. While properly fitted dental crowns should feel and operate like natural teeth, if they feel loose or insecure, a dentist should be contacted for repair or replacement.

Are porcelain crowns more expensive than other types of crowns?

Porcelain crowns tend to be more expensive than other types of crowns, such as metal or resin crowns. However, they are also more durable, longer-lasting, and provide a more natural-looking appearance. The cost of a porcelain crown will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the procedure and your geographical location.

Can I eat and drink normally with a porcelain crown?

Yes, after your mouth has fully healed, you can eat and drink normally with a porcelain crown. Porcelain crowns are strong and durable and are designed to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. However, you should avoid eating sticky or hard foods that can damage your crown.

How do you care for porcelain dental crowns?

Proper dental hygiene is required for porcelain crowns, as they can still get cavities and tooth decay. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary, as crowns can still stain, especially with coffee and red wine consumption. Teeth whitening products do not work on caps or crowns, so replacement or update may be necessary for white teeth caps.

Is there a dentist near me in Charlottesville that offers porcelain dental crowns?

Yes.  At our Charlottesville dental office we offer porcelain dental crowns to patients from Charlottesville and the surrounding area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.