Family Dentist located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
Are severely worn down and fractured teeth preventing you from smiling and being confident? If so, full coverage porcelain crowns may be a great way to restore your smile. Evelyn Shine, of Shine DDS in Brooklyn New York, helps patients restore their teeth helping them smile brighter than before. To book your consultation, call our office or book an appointment online today.
Porcelain Crowns Q & A
What are porcelain crowns?
Crowns are essentially covers for your teeth that restore a tooth to its original shape and size. They can also be used to improve the shape, size and color of your existing teeth. Porcelain crowns are usually placed on teeth that have extensive decay or teeth that have root canals in order to prevent further wear and destruction of the teeth. There are different types of crowns, all porcelain crowns do not contain metal which makes them more esthetic.
Why are porcelain crowns better than other types of crowns?
Porcelain crowns are more natural looking when compared to porcelain fused to metal, or PFM, crowns. PFM crowns have a metal layer inside them which makes them darker and more opaque than all porcelain crowns. All porcelain crowns are more translucent, letting light pass through them, effectively making them more natural looking. Also, the gray metal portion of the PFM crown can show through at the gum line and can become more visible with time. Porcelain crowns can be customized to match your surrounding teeth which makes them the more esthetic choice.
State of the art, high strength, zirconia and emax options of all porcelain crowns offer strength and durability. These types of crowns are as strong, if not stronger, than PFM crowns. With time and wear, the porcelain layer of PFM crowns can chip or break off exposing the underlying metal and creating a rough surface.
What is the procedure for porcelain fillings?
The tooth that will be receiving the crown will be reshaped by filing down the enamel to allow space for the crown to fit over the tooth. An impression will be taken and sent to the laboratory to ensure a custom fit. You will then choose a shade or color for the crown that matches the rest of your teeth.
A temporary crown will be placed in your mouth until the permanent crown is sent back from the lab. At the next appointment, the crown will be tried on to make sure that it fits appropriately. The crown is then cemented in permanently.
To get started with your porcelain crown treatment, call the office at 718-751-01010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shine and her team.