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Understanding Porcelain Crowns

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Numerous procedures can improve both the aesthetics and functionality of teeth. One procedure is porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are custom dental prosthetics that serve as protective covers for damaged or discolored teeth to restore their appearance and functionality. In this guide, learn about porcelain crowns and how to care for them once they are in place.

When Are Porcelain Crowns Necessary?

Discover when to consider porcelain crowns for your teeth.

To Restore Damaged Teeth

Porcelain crowns are often used to repair teeth that have been significantly damaged due to decay or trauma. They provide structural support to the tooth while preserving its natural appearance.

After a Root Canal

Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy may become weak and brittle. Porcelain crowns are used to protect and strengthen such teeth, which can prevent further damage.

For Cosmetic Enhancement

Porcelain crowns are also utilized for cosmetic purposes. They can effectively cover discolored or misshapen teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

To Replace Large Fillings

When a tooth has a large filling that compromises its integrity, a porcelain crown may be recommended to provide additional support. For example, a crown can prevent a fracture from happening.

What Is the One-Day Crown Procedure?

Getting porcelain crowns involves several steps that can be completed in one day.


The process begins with a consultation where your dentist will assess your dental health and discuss your treatment options. If porcelain crowns are deemed suitable for your case, your dentist will proceed to the next steps.

Tooth Preparation

During your appointment, the affected tooth will be prepared to accommodate the porcelain crown. This involves a small amount of the tooth’s outer layer being sanded away to create space for the crown. An impression of your tooth will be taken, which will serve as a mold for creating the custom crown.

Fitting and Bonding

Once your custom porcelain crown is ready, your dentist will perform the final fitting. For instance, the dentist will ensure that the crown fits, as well as has a color that flows with the color of your natural teeth. If the crown is the right fit, it will be securely bonded via dental cement.

Final Adjustments

After the crown has been installed, your dentist will make adjustments to ensure your bite is comfortable and natural with the new crown. It may take a little time to get used to the feel of the crown in your mouth, but this is perfectly normal.

How Do You Care for Porcelain Crowns?

Maintaining the longevity and appearance of your porcelain crown is essential. Below are some tips for proper care.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, especially around the crown area. Good oral hygiene helps prevent decay and gum disease.

Avoid Chewing Hard Objects

Be cautious when eating hard or crunchy foods, as excessive force can damage the crown. Avoid chewing on ice or using your teeth in ways in which they are not meant to be used.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to make sure the crown does not need attention, as well as that there are no underlying issues.

Avoid Grinding Your Teeth

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, discuss this with your dentist. He or she may recommend a nightguard to protect your crown and natural teeth.

If you are considering porcelain crowns, consult with us to determine if they are the right option for your specific dental needs. We will make sure you are satisfied with your smile. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain crowns can provide you with a beautiful smile for many years to come.

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