Chances are, at some point in your life you will undergo dental work that requires a dental crown. In fact, in today’s society, you are more likely than ever to need restorative work done to your smile. According to the U.S. Census, people are living longer and keeping their natural teeth longer. 60 percent of adults age 35 to 44 have at least one of their permanent teeth.
While these statistics suggest that our oral health is improving, it also means that the need for dental treatment is increasing. The longer we keep our teeth, the higher the chance that we will eventually need to repair or restore them. A dental crown is one of the most widely used restorative procedures. At Parkway Dental Care, we offer porcelain crowns to restore strength, function and appearance to a natural tooth.
What is a crown?
A crown is a hard, tooth shaped “cap” that fits snugly over the natural tooth. A crown is custom created to fit the natural grooves of your tooth. It encompasses the natural tooth on all sides. The main function of a dental crown is to protect it from further damage and strengthen it so that it can function properly. While this is the main function, many types of crowns will also help to improve the appearance of the natural tooth.
When is a crown needed?
A crown can be used for several different reasons including:
- To restore a broken tooth
- To strengthen a weakened tooth, crowns can also hold together a cracked tooth
- To secure a dental bridge in place
- To hide discolored or misshaped teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Does it hurt?
Preparing the tooth for a dental crown is not painful because the dentist will always anesthetize the tooth and surrounding areas. Once the area is numb, the dentist needs to file down the natural tooth. This is done to make room for the crown. After the crown is crafted (which can take up to 3 weeks if your dentist does not use CEREC®) it is bonded over the tooth using dental cement.
What are porcelain crowns?
There are many different kinds of crowns. The difference is the material that the crown is made of. A porcelain crown is crafted from porcelain and is the most aesthetically pleasing option. Porcelain imitates the light reflecting properties of natural teeth incredibly well. It is also a strong material.
How long does it take to place porcelain crowns?
For most dentists, the procedure requires two or more visits stretched out across a 2-3 week time span. However, at Parkway Dental Care, we use our CEREC® machine to craft the porcelain crowns within minutes. This state-of-the-art machine uses computer imaging to delicately and quickly create your custom crown. This means that it only takes one visit to place your porcelain crown!
For more information on porcelain crowns or to schedule your appointment, visit Parkway Dental Care in Kissimmee, FL or call us today at (407) 932-2273. Make an appointment online.
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