When a tooth is noticeably flawed or missing completely, it can diminish self-esteem and cause embarrassment. Dr. Auslander wants to help you regain full confidence in your smile. The fabrication of a crown may be your solution.
A crown is a porcelain structure used to replace the entire external portion of the tooth, from the top down to the gum. Crowns are the best choice in cases where tooth decay has destroyed the majority of the original tooth. They are also typical after a traumatic event has dramatically altered a tooth or for patients who grind and clench their teeth to the point that the original structure becomes compromised.
Porcelain crowns do require some laboratory time to be created, so expect to be fitted with a temporary crown for awhile.
Post-procedure, some patients may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. While porcelain crowns are thick and durable, they lack the flexibility of natural teeth, so avoiding certain foods, such as gum, sticky or hard candies, popcorn or crunchy vegetables may be necessary. Those who chose crowns in response to tooth grinding can be fitted with a nighttime mouth guard to protect the porcelain from the effects of pressure. As a whole, caring for a crown does not differ from the routine maintenance required for natural teeth.