Porcelain crowns are dental caps that are placed over deformed or damaged teeth or used to replace missing teeth. They aesthetically enhance the patient’s appearance and restore their oral functionality.
Porcelain is considered the golden standard in crown fabrication considering its benefits compared to other materials like composite resin. At Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Dr. Fulton recommends porcelain crowns for their outstanding durability and reliability.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain crowns protect weak teeth, restore the structure of damaged teeth, or replace missing teeth
- They are sturdy and durable, offering the same bite force as natural teeth
- With porcelain crowns, you can fully restore your ability to speak, chew, and smile
- They enhance your self-esteem and confidence thanks to their reliability and seamless natural look
- Porcelain crowns help you maintain your overall dental health and prevent uneven wear or jawbone deterioration
The Procedure of Placing Porcelain Crowns
The placement of porcelain crowns requires 2 dental appointments. In the initial consultation, Dr. Fulton will perform a complete dental checkup that is essential for understanding the overall oral condition of the patient and if they are an ideal candidate for the procedure.
Next, Dr. Fulton files down the structure of the damaged tooth to make room for the porcelain crown. He then takes an impression of the teeth and sends it to the laboratory that manufactures the crown.
A temporary crown is attached to the tooth until the next appointment.
During the second appointment, Dr. Fulton fits the porcelain crown onto the tooth. He checks the fit of the crown and the patient’s bite. Finally, Dr. Fulton makes any required adjustments and then fixes the porcelain crown in place with the help of dental cement.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
The durability of porcelain crowns depends on the patient's oral hygiene habits. Good dental practices like regular brushing and flossing provide great care to the crowns. Dr. Fulton advises patients to avoid smoking as it can cause harm to the prostheses and get regular dental checkups once every 6 months.
For more on the benefits of porcelain crowns, contact Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Call (205) 822-3838 to schedule a consultation, book online, or visit us at 1000 Chestnut Street, Suite 100, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.