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DENTAL CROWNS: Also referred to as "dental caps," "tooth crowns," or "tooth caps," crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Crowns help prevent this from happening. Crowns cover most of the exposed portion of your tooth and decay does not affect a crown since it is made of metal and /or porcelain. However, where the natural tooth meets the crown can become decayed.
The procedure for installing a dental crown normally takes two separate dentist visits.
Porcelain - Just as their name implies, all-porcelain dental crowns are restorations whose entire thickness is 100% porcelain.
This is an ideal crown where the esthetics of the crown are critically important. Porcelain crowns are known for their ability to mimic the lustrous nature of natural teeth due to the level of characterization and translucency that can be built into them. For upper front teeth (incisors and canines), this issue may be of paramount importance.
With Porcelain, there is no allergic reactions as porcelain is highly biocompatible.
In terms of durability and longevity, 100% porcelain crowns don't have the same long-term track record for longevity and durability as all-metal and Porcelain Fused to Metal crowns do. And in fact, some types of ceramics have substantially inferior physical characteristics in terms of strength, hardness, brittleness and resistance to fracture.
A porcelain crown needs to be thicker if it is going to withstand the rigors of chewing and eating. The fact that the porcelain needs to be thicker however then means that the dentist will need also to remove more of your tooth in order to fit it in. This then in turn means that you are more likely to lose more of your original teeth and this can also make the remainders more brittle.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
Adjustment period: It is okay for the crown to feel a little out of place for a few days after cementing. This is because the teeth around this area are adjusting to new forces both in between the teeth and upon biting.
Preventive Procedures: To provide optimum longevity for your restorations and to prevent future decay and supporting-tissue breakdown, please use the following home care tips:
Problems - Call us if any one of these conditions occurs: