When a tooth needs a restoration, one of the best choices is an all-porcelain crown.
Porcelain is translucent. It's strong and durable and has the life-like appearance of natural teeth. Since there's no metal, it's a good choice for front teeth as well. The crown is precision-crafted in a lab, so it may take two or more appointments to restore your tooth with a porcelain crown.
Placing a Porcelain Crown
- On your first visit, your Abingdon, VA dentist will help you choose a color that matches your natural teeth.
- We may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth while we work. And we won't start the process until we're sure you're comfortable.
- Next, we remove any decay and shape the tooth with the hand piece.
- After this, we place a small impression string between the tooth and gum to gently push the gum away. This step helps us get an accurate impression.
- When the area is ready, we'll remove the string and take an impression of your teeth. The lab uses this to create a crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite.
- In the meantime, we often place a temporary crown.
- On your next visit, we remove the temporary crown and put in your new porcelain crown. We'll make sure you love the way it looks and feels, and then we cement the crown into place.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns
When a tooth needs restoration, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can be a better choice.
Sometimes called a PFM crown, it's made of tooth colored porcelain baked onto a metal core.
- The inner metal core helps it withstand heavy biting forces, especially on back teeth.
- The outer porcelain layer is natural-looking.
- It's durable and long-lasting.
The process for placing PFM crowns is the same as for regular porcelain.
When you need a crown, contact your dentist in Abingdon, VA. Make an appointment today by calling (276) 623-2211, then get ready to enjoy the natural beauty of porcelain crowns.