If you have a tooth that has been chipped or that is decaying and cannot be corrected using a filling, then your Manhattan dentist may recommend a porcelain crown. Porcelain crowns are one of the top treatment choices for dentists whose patients want to restore the look and function of their teeth in a quick and effective manner. Here is a look at what happens when you get a porcelain crown:
Initial Consultation and Tooth Preparation
Once you and your dentist have decided that a porcelain crown is the best treatment option for your decaying or broken tooth, your doctor will assess whether or not you will need a root canal to remove excess decay. Next, he will prepare the tooth that is to receive the crown by filing it down considerably to make space for the porcelain cap.
Impressions and Crown Production
To ensure the best fit for your crown, your dentist will take impressions of the tooth and then send these off to the lab for production. You will likely wear a plastic temporary crown that is held down with cement before your permanent crown arrives from the laboratory.
Permanent Crown Placement
Once your dentist has received or created the permanent porcelain crown, he will test the fit of the crown on top of your tooth and then permanently cement it into place. Once it fits snug and securely over the tooth, it should appear as natural in color as the surrounding teeth.
Follow Up Visit and Aftercare
After you have had the crown successfully fitted over your tooth, your dentist will check to make sure that there is little chance of it shifting or falling out. To ensure the best possible results and to enhance the longevity of your crown, he will also likely instruct you to brush regularly and to schedule an emergency visit if your crown feels loose or if you suspect an infection.
You can learn more about porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, and other dentistry services by speaking with Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, today. Our Manhattan office is proud to also offer smile enhancing cosmetic dentistry procedures such as Invisalign braces, Cerinate Lumineers, and teeth whitening. Visit us or call (917) 720-4690 to learn how we can help you achieve your best smile.