There are many reasons why you may need a dental crown made from ceramic porcelain. Some require a crown on a tooth following a root canal or reinforcing a tooth that has had to have significant portions removed due to decay. Others choose porcelain crowns for cosmetic reasons.
Whatever your reason may be, if you are seeking a porcelain dental crown in the Rochester, Michigan area, you should reach out to John L. Aurelia, D.D.S., PLLC, and his friendly team. Dr. John Aurelia can answer any questions about porcelain crowns and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. It is common to have some questions about dental crowns before having one put into place. Here are some common questions many patients have about this treatment.
A dental crown, made out of porcelain today in most cases, is a customized covering for a tooth. Teeth that have become weakened due to advanced decay or from a root canal need the protection offered by a dental crown. In some cases, patients have begun to utilize dental crowns for cosmetic purposes to cover up aesthetic issues with a tooth. Getting a dental crown requires multiple appointments, usually two. During the first appointment, impressions will be taken, which are to be sent into an off-site lab where the crown will be crafted. Before you leave your initial appointment, a temporary crown will be placed while waiting for your permanent crown to be sent to your dentist. Once your dentist receives your crown, you will make a return visit to have it placed.
In most cases, a dental crown will not last forever. The average porcelain dental crown will last about 10 years. Of course, it can last longer and probably will with vigilant care and not exposing the crown to extreme impact. Some of the most common reasons for a dental crown needing to be replaced include:
There is no alternative if you have a tooth with significant portions removed due to decay or have undergone root canal therapy. An extreme option would be to have the tooth extracted, but most dentists will advise against this and guide you towards a dental crown. Having a tooth removed can lead to further dental health issues and a higher cost as you may need to look into tooth replacement options such as a denture, bridge, or implant. If you want to preserve your compromised tooth, a dental crown is likely your best and only option, but you should speak to your dentist about any possible alternatives.
Dental crowns are a truly effective way to preserve and protect a tooth that has undergone significant work to remove decay or undergone root canal therapy. Porcelain crowns provide strength and durability so that your tooth is protected while you still have full functionality to bite and chew. If you are looking into dental crown options in the Rochester, Michigan area, you should reach out to the office of Dr. John Aurelia. Please call (248) 243-6044 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aurelia.