Frequently Asked Questions
To help our patients make informed decisions about their oral health, here are some quick answers to common questions about porcelain crowns at The Dental Sedation Center.
Are Porcelain Crowns Appropriate for Various Types of Teeth?
Porcelain crowns are versatile and can be used on various types of teeth, both front and back. They are especially favored for front teeth due to their aesthetic appeal and natural appearance, but they can also provide functional restoration for molars and premolars. The suitability of porcelain crowns for a specific tooth depends on individual factors, which Dr. Patric Cohen will assess during the consultation.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?
Porcelain crowns typically have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years or more with proper care. How long they last depends on factors such as oral hygiene, diet, and the quality of dental care. Regular dental check-ups and adherence to recommended care guidelines can help extend the life of porcelain crowns.
What Are the Key Differences Between Porcelain and Other Crown Materials?
Porcelain crowns are preferred for their natural appearance and color matching. They are an excellent choice for front teeth. Other materials like metal or zirconia offer durability and strength, making them ideal for molars.
Does Dental Crowning Hurt?
During the procedure, patients will be anesthetized to ensure a painless experience. Afterward, they may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity for a few days. This is manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers, and typically subsides as the mouth adjusts to the new crown.
Can a Porcelain Crown Be Replaced If It Becomes Damaged or Shows Wear and Tear?
Yes, porcelain crowns can be replaced if they become damaged or show signs of wear over time. The process involves removing the existing crown and preparing the tooth for a new one. If a porcelain crown needs to be replaced, Dr. Cohen will assess the extent of damage and recommend the most suitable course of action.
Can You Get Multiple Porcelain Crowns in a Single Appointment?
In some cases, it's possible to receive multiple porcelain crowns in a single appointment, especially if they are for adjacent teeth or part of a larger restoration plan. However, this depends on the complexity of the procedure and Dr. Cohen’s recommendation.
Are There Any Dietary Restrictions to be Aware of When Getting a Porcelain Crown?
While porcelain crowns are durable, it's advisable to avoid biting on hard objects, like ice or hard candies, to prevent chipping or damage. Additionally, it's a good practice to maintain a balanced diet and excellent oral hygiene to promote the longevity of the porcelain crown.
How Should Porcelain Crowns Be Properly Maintained and Cared For?
To care for your porcelain crowns, maintain a regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing. Attend regular dental check-ups for professional cleanings and examinations. Avoid using the porcelain crown to open packages or bite hard objects, and if there are any issues, consult Dr. Cohen promptly. Proper care and maintenance are key to ensuring the lasting beauty and functionality of porcelain crowns.
Porcelain crown procedures require two visits. The first visit is to prepare your tooth to make an impression on your gums using a temporary porcelain crown. During the second visit, your customized porcelain crown will be positioned on your prepared tooth.
Before attaching your temporary crown on the first visit, your mouth and teeth will be cleaned. After cleaning, the area will be anesthetized for a convenient and painless procedure. Once the anesthesia takes effect, a mold will be placed on your tooth for you to bite on.
This will help us create a customized permanent porcelain crown that will fit your bite. A dental drill will be used to reshape the tooth, removing decay and other damage. Afterward, a temporary porcelain crown will be attached, and then you will wait for three weeks.
When you come back in, you will have your customized permanent porcelain crown cemented on your tooth.
The Recovery Process
The recovery period after placement of a porcelain crown may take a few days. Side effects like inflammation, sensitivity, and irritation may vary from person to person. It is recommended that you gargle salt water a few times a day to reduce gum swelling.
Refrain from eating immediately after your first or second visit. Wait for the numbness from sedation to go away, and after 30 to 45 minutes, you can resume eating solid food. Be mindful to refrain from hard, crunchy, or sticky food after the procedure, as these may damage your newly attached porcelain crown.
For better results, chew with your other healthy teeth in the meantime. The cement of the porcelain crown needs to be allowed to harden. Before this process is complete, it should not be touched or moved at all costs.
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How Much Does a Porcelain Crown Cost?
The cost of a porcelain crown procedure will depend on the work your tooth requires. Prescribed post-procedure medications, anesthesia, and clinic visit fees can also affect the overall cost.
Dental insurance may cover a porcelain crown procedure, since these are not done for cosmetic purposes alone. It also benefits your tooth’s function and overall dental health maintenance. Contact your health insurance to find out if porcelain crowns are covered in your dental benefits.
Schedule Your Consultation
For more information regarding porcelains crowns for Beverly Hills patients, contact The Dental Sedation Center and schedule a consultation. Dr. Cohen will be available to discuss the procedure in further detail.