Do you hide in terror at the thought of showing your teeth? Perhaps you work in a customer facing role and can’t hide your smile, which is the cause of much embarrassment. Porcelain crowns could be the answer.
Porcelain crowns are designed to look like natural teeth and can be made from a variety of dental materials. Here at Woodborough House, we use all-ceramic porcelain crowns for cosmetic and aesthetic reasons as they look like natural teeth. These crowns are also known as ‘dental caps’ and are considered as an aesthetic restoration.
Having a crown fitted can involve anything from two appointments for a single crown to more appointments for complex aesthetic work that needs completing. The first appointment will be to prepare and take a digital impression of the teeth, whilst the second appointment will involve fitting the crowns into place.
Porcelain crowns can be a better choice than dental veneers in some cases. However veneers are also a good option and can be less invasive as dentists often have to grind a portion of the original tooth away to fit crowns into place.
You can prepare to receive crowns by making an appointment. You will see the hygienist first, who will make sure you have good oral hygiene prior to treatment. Root canal treatment may be necessary at some point or other as well, prior to the crown impressions.
Porcelain crowns are very secure as they are usually bonded on. Once fitted, they usually last for an average of 10-15 years which given the average wear and tear of teeth over time means they are fairly sturdy!
Porcelain ceramic crowns are used due to the natural look they give, as metal crowns fused with porcelain have been noted to show dark gum lines over time. At Woodborough, we only use metal crowns in areas where space requirements (or a lack of it) demand this.
Looking after your crowns
Porcelain crowns, especially zirconia are very biocompatible and so it is wise to look after them to ensure they last. One of the ways to do this is to have regular check-ups and a good oral hygiene programme. Grinding your teeth, a sugary diet and opening beer bottles with your front teeth are all discouraged.
All in all, porcelain ceramic crowns are a good option to consider if you dislike or feel embarrassed by your chipped or severely damaged teeth. Why not give us a call on 0118 984 3108 where one of our friendly team will be happy to discuss your requirements.