The lifespan of a porcelain crown will vary depending on how well you look after it. If the crown is subjected to excessive wear and tear, it might not last as long. Typically, a porcelain crown should last at least five years, and may even last up to fifteen years.
A porcelain crown is a custom, tooth-shaped cap that fits your natural tooth to replace any breaks or restore teeth that have been weakened by infections or large cavities. Unfortunately, traditional crowns required at least two visits to the office and an extended waiting period while a dental lab constructed the crown. At Family Dental Health Center, we can change the entire process and provide your durable, naturally colored crown in a single visit.
How Does It Work?
The first step to getting your porcelain dental crown fitted is to get an impression of your mouth, especially the damaged teeth. Before the dentist can do this, they will need to prepare your teeth. This involves filing your teeth down by 2-3 mm, which creates space for the crown to fit snugly into your mouth.
Traditionally, this impression would be made with a mold, but modern dentists can now create a digital impression of your teeth by making a 3D scan of your mouth. The images from the digital impression are then sent to a dental lab where your crowns will be custom-made to fit your mouth and teeth. While crowns can be made with different materials, porcelain crowns are often preferred because they blend in well with the other teeth.
Once the crown has been created, it can then be fitted into your mouth. The dentist will use a binding material to attach the crown to your teeth, where it will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
Are Crowns For You?
This service is perfect for anyone who needs crowns. The digital imaging process is much quicker and simpler than traditional porcelain crowns. This means that you don’t need to wait for weeks before the treatment is complete.
Not only that, but the price is affordable and the results can’t be denied. The resulting crown fits well and blends in with the rest of your teeth, providing a natural look. With proper care, the crowns will also last a long time.
With this in mind, you should speak to your dentist about any concerns that you may have. For example, if you often clench your teeth or have a tooth-grinding problem, then the traditional route may be a better option as these crowns are more hard-wearing. In any case, we are more than willing to work with you to find the best procedure for your circumstances.
Why Do You Need a Crown?
There are several different types of porcelain dental crowns that can be fitted to solve a dental issue. If your teeth are damaged, your dentist will talk about the best option for you. Some crowns cover the whole tooth, while others only cover part of the tooth, preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible.
Crowns are perfect if you have a large cavity that can’t be treated with fillings. You may also need a crown if your tooth is extremely worn down or otherwise damaged, whether it's cracked or has another weakness that can cause you problems. If you have missing teeth, then a crown may be used to strengthen the teeth surrounding a bridge or implant.
One of the most obvious benefits of a dental crown is the cosmetic effect that it has on your teeth and your smile. Porcelain crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth, so you can be confident in your appearance and your smile, without obvious crowns or damaged teeth. Not only that, but crowns can make it easier to eat without pain from damaged or sensitive teeth.
As mentioned above, your porcelain crown will last longer if you look after it properly. The good news is that looking after a crown isn’t much different from looking after the rest of your teeth. Brush regularly and carefully to remove plaque buildup and be sure to floss, as food particles can become trapped between your crown and your gums or teeth.
Try to reduce wear and tear on your teeth. If you grind your teeth, then consider a night guard to protect your teeth and your crown. Visit your dentist for regular checkups, ideally every six months. The dentist will make sure that your crown is fitting properly, as well as cleaning and checking the rest of your teeth.
The price of the porcelain crown will vary depending on your circumstances and needs. Porcelain crowns will typically cost around $800-$3000, but you will need to speak to your dentist for a specific cost.