Repair and Enhance Damaged Teeth with Porcelain Crowns in Fishers, IN
Sometimes, a tooth becomes so damaged that a protective covering is required to protect, strengthen or hide the original tooth. In this instance, patients may require a dental crown. At Moore-Berry Dentistry in Fishers, IN we offer porcelain crowns, a natural looking option to repair your damaged tooth.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are basically “caps” for your teeth. These caps are crafted out of tooth-colored porcelain and placed over the original tooth to restore its shape, size, strength or appearance.
While there are many different types of crowns available, porcelain crowns best match the shine and color of natural teeth. Crowns made of porcelain are also the best match for people who have allergies to the materials found in crowns of stainless steel or other metals. Additionally, unlike other metallic crowns that darken teeth, porcelain crowns don’t just replace original teeth, they enhance them!
Porcelain crowns are used to:
- Prevent a weak or chipped tooth from breaking
- Hide/restore an already broken tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Restore eroded enamel
- Hide unshapely teeth
- Cover a dental implant
Although veneers are sometimes a viable solution for these dental flaws, porcelain caps are thicker and provide more comprehensive support for the entire tooth than veneers.
What is the Process of Receiving a Porcelain Crown?
To begin the process of receiving a porcelain crown, the first visit to our office will include taking X-rays of the damaged tooth and surrounding areas. Our dentist will then file down the tooth to make room for the crown. If the crown will be restoring an already decayed tooth, a filling may be used to build up the tooth before receiving the crown. The dentist will then make impressions of the tooth and surrounding areas. These impressions will be sent to the laboratory where your custom porcelain crown will be crafted.
At the end of the first visit, our dentist will secure a temporary crown to the tooth using temporary cement until your porcelain crown is made. Special care as recommended by our dentist will be required to protect the temporary crown.
Once we receive your custom porcelain crown from the laboratory (this generally takes 2-3 weeks), final adjustments will be made to the crown before our dentist uses dental cement to permanently attach the crown to the tooth.
A follow-up visit is required to check on crown placement and gum sensitivity. Your porcelain crown requires no extra care. Simply follow good brushing and flossing habits and your new porcelain crown can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years!