Porcelain Crowns

What are porcelain crowns?

Dr. Michael Butcher

A crown is a ‘cap’ that dentists cover damaged or structurally/aesthetically compromised teeth in order to restore their strength and functionality. Crowns can be fabricated using a number of different materials, but porcelain has by far, the most aesthetically appealing properties.

What are some of the indications for the placement of porcelain crowns?

Some of the most common indications for crown placement include chipped margins, horizontal tooth fractures, root canal therapies, previous fillings, congenitally deformed teeth, gross enamel/dentin caries, and permanently discolored/stained teeth among others.

What happens during the crowning procedure? Is it painful?

For porcelain, it is important to first select the right shade which matches the natural teeth in the oral cavity, for uniformity and aesthetic value. Next, the dentist uses a mechanical hand-piece which is fitted with a cutting bur to slightly trim down the tooth that requires a crown. This is done to ensure proper seating and placement of the prosthesis once it has been fabricated. Next, an impression of the upper and lower jaw is taken with the help of a specialized material that records all morphological and anatomical details necessary for crown design. This impression, along with the selected shade number is then sent to the laboratory where technicians fabricate a crown using polished porcelain. When the patient is recalled, a trial is first conducted to check the fit of the crown in the mouth, after which it is firmly cemented on to the tooth.

Unless the patient has very sensitive teeth, the procedure is generally painless. However, local anesthesia can be administered if the patient experiences any discomfort during treatment.

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