Crowns are typically used to repair and cover damaged and severely decayed teeth. Crowns act as "capping," which cover the concerned teeth and are made of several different materials such as porcelain, cement, zirconia, and composite resin, amongst others.
However, amongst all materials used to make crowns, porcelain crowns are the most superior choice due to their durability, strength, and look, which closely matches your teeths' natural look and feel. Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS takes great pride in informing you that our qualified dentists have fixed porcelain crowns on multiple individuals over the years. Hence when you visit us, you can rest assured you are in good hands.
Types of Porcelain Crowns
Selecting the right type of crown will depend on the location of your crown, the force the crown will have to withstand, the number of teeth visible during a smile, and the positioning of the gum. Another factor which you might want to consider would be the cost.
There are three types of porcelain crowns from which you can choose. First, we have temporary crowns. As the name suggests, these crowns are not a permanent fix as they are not held in place by dental cement. These are typically used during the transitioning period of getting permanent crowns.
Second, we have what is called ¾ crowns or onlay crowns. Unlike repairing significant tooth decay, which requires full crowns, ¾ crowns are used in conditions where a full crown is unnecessary. Lastly are the one-day crown, otherwise also known as same-day crowns. These are fitted on the same day and are made through the use of the latest CAD/CAM technology.
Dental Crown Procedure
Our dentist can fit the crowns on the same day or over the course of a few days. The procedure will vary according to the type of crown you wish to get. The procedure for a multi-day crown involves taking x-ray images of your oral cavity. At the same time, our dentist might also ask you to bite down on a molding material to create an impression of your oral cavity.
Following the initial consultation, the preparation phase will begin. We will remove the outer layer of the affected tooth to allow better adherence of the crown when fixing it and shaping the tooth using a dental drill. You will then be asked to come back in a few days' time. During this period, you will have a temporary crown covering your teeth. Once the new crown is ready, the it will be fixed into place using dental cement.
The initial consultation is the same for same-day crowns as it is for multi-day crowns, involving an x-ray and mold of your oral cavity. The only difference between the two is that same-day crowns are made within one to two hours of waiting time using CAD/CAM technology. Hence, this makes getting a same-day crown a more convenient and faster procedure.
Dental porcelain crowns are an excellent alternative to veneers, which cover only the front of the teeth, and bonding, which is not as strong. Let us help you out in making your decision. Visit us at Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS or call us at 737-273-3303.