Porcelain crowns are custom-made artificial tooth coverings designed to cover and protect a damaged tooth. Also known as ‘caps,’ porcelain crowns help preserve the condition of teeth, while also restoring both their appearance and functionality to that of healthy teeth.
We typically prescribe crowns to cover broken or chipped teeth, as well as teeth ravaged by irreparable tooth decay. With their flexibility, it comes as no surprise why porcelain crowns are by far the most popular dental solution to protect teeth, prescribed to patients with teeth require structural repair and long-term prevention against cavities.
How it Works
Using a dental adhesive, dentists bond the porcelain crown over the damaged or weakened tooth, serving as an armor of sorts and preventing any further damage. Besides protecting broken and heavily stained teeth, crowns also help preserve the stability of dental bridges and implant—failing to protect these dental fixtures usually results in pain and more dental work.
Compared to other dental crowns made of gold alloy or metal-ceramic, porcelain crowns look more natural and can be customized according to how your teeth look.
Here’s a quick rundown of the process of creating and installing porcelain crowns.
– It takes at least two dentist’s appointments to fabricate and fit a crown to your tooth. On your first visit, the tooth in question is cleaned and prepped for fitting, followed by your dentist making a mold or impression of the tooth.
– The tooth is covered with a temporary crown to maintain its ‘prepped’ condition; this is removed during the subsequent visit and replaced with the actual porcelain crown.
– It takes about 1 to 2 weeks to fabricate the crown due to the complex process of layering enamel. But if your clinic works with new fabrication technology, you can just wait while the crown is being made.