If you are considering getting a ceramic crown, it is likely you have a few questions before getting started on your journey toward better teeth. Crowns are one of the most trusted and proven methods of tooth restoration in modern dentistry. The procedure is almost always straightforward and the result is a fully functioning, beautiful new tooth.
Questions to consider before getting a ceramic crown
Here are some frequently asked questions to get the answers to before getting a crown put in.
What issues can ceramic crowns fix?
Not all crowns are created equal. Although crowns are made from a variety of different materials, including metal alloy, porcelain or a combination of the two, there are definite benefits to each. However, the ceramic crown almost always comes out on top in terms of the combination of appearance, durability and longevity.
Crowns are designed to fix a number of dental issues. Broken, cracked, chipped, decayed or infected teeth can all benefit from the placement of a dental crown. Even teeth with large fillings can be improved by a ceramic crown.
Am I a good candidate for a ceramic crown?
If you have good overall and oral health, it is likely you are a good candidate for a ceramic crown. Make sure to let your dentist know if you have conditions that may affect the healing of your mouth.
What is the procedure like?
Ceramic crown placement requires two separate appointments. This is because the crown is custom-made in a dental laboratory to create the perfect shape and color for each patient. During the first appointment, the tooth in question is numbed by a local anesthetic agent. There should be very little discomfort if any at all during the tooth preparation process.
The dentist will then carefully remove the outer edges of the teeth, making room for the new tooth cap and eliminating any tooth decay. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent one is being fabricated.
At the second appointment, the permanent crown is fitted and secured by a bonding material. Just like that, the crown is ready for use within the hour.
How much does a ceramic crown cost?
Due to their unmatched, superior appearance and durability ceramic crowns tend to cost more than their metal or resin counterparts. However, know that ceramic crowns are unmatched by any other type of crown. Most patients choose ceramic crowns because they are virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth.
How long do ceramic crowns last?
With proper care, ceramic crowns can last 15 years or longer — even a lifetime. The longevity of each ceramic crown fully depends on the ability of the patient to maintain it. Make sure to brush the crown like one would a natural tooth. Flossing around the crown is another way to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Ceramic crowns are durable, but they can still be broken just like natural teeth. Never use a crown to open packages or bite down on hard objects. Avoid chewy, crunchy foods and never chew on ice to extend the life of the crown.
The bottom line
Ceramic crowns are strong and beautiful restorations that bring back beauty to your smile. If you have any questions about ceramic crowns that are not answered here, make an appointment with our office to discuss their many benefits.
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