Porcelain crowns are placed over an entire tooth to restore it back to its original form and function. Dental crowns (or caps) help to protect and strengthen a tooth that is damaged or decayed and can’t be restored with any other type of dental restoration.

Dental crowns come in different types, but porcelain is the most popular because they are tooth-colored and very durable. Porcelain crowns may need to be replaced after several years due to natural wear and tear. Our Raleigh dental office will shape your crown to match your natural teeth, giving you a natural-looking, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

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Reasons for Porcelain Crowns

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Enhance your smile, cosmetically
  • Tooth decay
  • Broken or destroyed fillings
  • Fillings larger than normal
  • Root canals

What Does Getting a Dental Crown Involve?

Dental crowns are usually placed in two appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Schmorr will take impressions (molds) of your teeth and use them to make highly accurate crowns. The mold will also be used to make a custom temporary crown. Your temporary crown will be worn for about two weeks while your permanent crown is getting made.

The decay will be removed from your tooth while it’s numb. Then, your temporary crown will be placed and cemented, your bite will be checked to make sure everything is comfortable and working properly.

When you come back to our Raleigh dental office, your temporary crown will be removed and your tooth will be cleaned thoroughly. Your permanent custom crown will be placed. Once again, we’ll check your bite to make sure everything is comfortable and working properly.

Your Raleigh dentist Dr. Schmorr will give you care instructions to make sure your crown lasts as long as possible.

How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?

Generally speaking, porcelain crowns can last between 5-15 years. The longevity of porcelain crowns depends on personal lifestyles and hygiene habits. For example, lets say two people have porcelain crowns. The first person brushes their teeth twice per day, consumes a healthy diet, and prioritizes teeth cleaning and prevention. The second person regularly chews on hard substances such as ice and pen caps, and neglects their overall dental hygiene. The first person’s porcelain crowns can very well last twice as long as the second person’s because of less daily wear. To extend the lifespan of porcelain crowns, it is recommended to avoid biting fingernails and chewing on hard objects, brush and floss twice daily, avoid grinding and clenching your teeth, and have your crowns routinely examined to get in front of anything that can manifest into an issue.

How Do I Determine When My Crowns Need To Be Replaced?

Porcelain crowns are not indestructible and, over time, can chip and crack. It is difficult for someone to diagnose their own crown as defective. That said, it’s recommended to have your crowns inspected during your routine general dentistry checkups. Imbalanced bites and poorly fitted crowns are the two main reasons that can longevity issues. If you’re instructed to have your porcelain crowns replaced, it’s highly recommended that you replace them in a timely manner to avoid complications down the road such as the need for root canals and tooth removal.

Do Porcelain Crowns Stain?

Though porcelain crowns are extremely tough and durable, they can be stained. Using abrasive toothpaste that wears the outer coating of the porcelain can, over time, result in crowns being more susceptible to stains. Along with that, acidic beverages and foods such as lemons, alcoholic beverages, tomato sauces, and coffee have also been known to wear down the coating of crowns. As mentioned above, regular brushing and flossing will decrease the likelihood of crowns staining.

What Are The Benefits Of Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain crowns are advantageous when compared to other types of crowns for several reasons including their ability to be color-matched to a plethora of tooth shades, their cost-effectiveness (gold and silver crowns are typically much more expensive when compared to porcelain), the fact that they’re extremely durable and can last for 10 years or more if taken care of correctly, and their ability to be comfortably placed in mouths (other forms of crowns are much more cumbersome and difficult to fit into mouths.)

Call to Schedule Your Porcelain Crowns Consultation Today!

When it comes to your teeth, you want someone you can trust.  Dr. Rebecca Schmorr is a board-certified, licensed general and cosmetic Raleigh dentist.  Fill out the form below or call us today to schedule your porcelain crowns consultation and appointment today.