Fort Worth, TX
Do you have a chipped or missing tooth that is annoying to see and hurting your self-confidence? Well, then you might want to schedule an appointment with the dentist right away to get it checked and treated.
Depending on the condition of your teeth, a dentist may recommend several treatment options, and when it comes to repairing a damaged tooth, one popular option is porcelain crowns.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Also sometimes referred to as dental crowns or dental caps, porcelain crowns are made of porcelain, metal, or a mixture of both. These caps are customized according to the shape of your tooth and then permanently fixed to your teeth.
Porcelain crowns help your teeth get back to their original strength, function, or even appearance. Since the material used is very similar to the color of your natural teeth, crowns are almost always undetectable.
They are a common course of treatment in cosmetic dentistry to help restore your smile by giving you a full set of perfect teeth. However, they are not just used for aesthetic purposes. They are also used to treat broken teeth, decayed teeth, teeth with large or fractured fillings, and root-filled teeth.
How Are Porcelain Crowns Attached?
Overall, the entire procedure of porcelain crowns is an easy one. Sometimes, there might be some complications, but even then, the dentist will keep you under anesthesia, so you don’t have to worry too much about the pain.
The process will involve the dentist first examining the tooth through x-rays or just by physical observation for any cracks and decay. There will be some dental cleaning involved as well. If there is a need, the dentist might have to perform a root canal to clean out the infected tooth.
Otherwise, they will simply remove some of the tooth structure to make sure the crown fits perfectly. They will create the crown by taking a mold of your teeth and then insert temporary crowns to check the fit and bite.
Once everything looks ready, they will attach the actual crown by permanently cementing it to the teeth.
Porcelain Crowns vs. Dental Veneers
Another option that many people consider is dental veneers. These are similar to porcelain crowns as they also involve adding a casing over the teeth. However, these are usually restricted to cosmetic purposes.
Veneers are much thinner and less durable than porcelain crowns, so they are typically just used for improving the appearance of the teeth. Porcelain crowns are much sturdier and can actually help strengthen the teeth and protect them as well. On the other hand, crowns also require more of the enamel to be removed and can be more costly as well.
Ultimately, it will depend on the condition of your teeth and what you exactly hope to accomplish. The best person to determine which treatment is ideal for you will be an expert dentist, such as those at HomeTown Dental, Fort Worth (Sycamore). You can schedule an appointment with us by calling at (682) 204-5777 to get your teeth checked.