Having crooked and stained teeth is a problem that many patients worry about. These imperfections can prevent you from showing your smile. But you do not have to stay with crooked or stained teeth. While teeth whitening can help resolve some of the stains, there are some that cannot be removed such as developmental teeth stains. These usually do not respond to the whitening procedure. Our team at The Dentist on Boones Ferry may decide to use porcelain crowns if whitening cannot get the stains out of the tooth surfaces. Similarly, when your tooth is chipped or crooked, porcelain crowns can help restore the structure. Porcelain crowns feature the light-reflecting elements of your natural teeth, therefore, they can help bring the white element of a permanently discolored or stained tooth.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Receiving porcelain crowns comes with numerous advantages. These restorations are translucent, meaning that they look like natural teeth. Also, people whose bodies are likely to react to some dental materials can benefit from porcelain crowns since the material used to make these crowns does not present allergy risks. It is also easier to correct the form and alignment of a tooth with porcelain crowns. People with little spaces between teeth are a candidate for porcelain crowns.
Procedure for Fitting Porcelain Crowns
We begin the porcelain crown installation process by performing an evaluation of the teeth. A detailed exam of your teeth will help establish whether the restorations can work for you. After that, we prep the teeth by filing them down to reduce their size. This helps fabricate porcelain crowns of a suitable size and shape. We obtain a mouth impression featuring the tooth to be restored. That impression serves as the model for constructing the porcelain crowns.
When we finish making the crowns, you check in to our office so that we place them. Any adjustments needed are made before we permanently cement the crown.
Caring for Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crown restorations can endure longer if you care for them properly. Once you receive them, it is important you refrain from sticky and hard foods. Biting down on hard food with the crowns can cause a fracture right away. Sticky foods may pull the crowns, often making them come out of their position.
Additionally, you have to observe proper oral hygiene the same way you care for your normal teeth. Brush and floss frequently, but bear in mind that since cleaning the parts below your porcelain crowns is difficult, an interdental toothbrush may be recommended. By brushing and flossing regularly, you eliminate plaque, and debris, and prevent staining of teeth to some extent. Make sure you come to our office regularly to allow us to check the restorations and your other teeth as well. During the check-ups, we are able to spot any problems with the crowns and correct them. We also check if the gums and teeth are in order and that no other oral problems are present.
To receive porcelain crowns or find out if they can resolve the dental problem you have, visit us at The Dentist on Boones Ferry to meet our team. Call us today at (971) 377-1208 to set up an appointment.