Porcelain Crown Experienced Doctor

Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care

Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry located in Carlsbad, CA & Encinitas, CA

There’s nothing quite like the gleaming translucence of porcelain. It looks almost exactly like a natural tooth, making it a choice material for dental crowns. At Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care, Gary Braunstein, DDS, and his team create customized porcelain crowns to keep your smile looking natural and full. To schedule your consultation, call the Carlsbad or Encinitas, California, office or book your appointment online today.

Porcelain Crown Q & A

What are porcelain crowns?

Porcelain crowns are custom-made devices that fit over your teeth for strength, protection, or aesthetics. While they can be made of many different materials, porcelain crowns are ideal because of their realistic tooth-like look. You can get porcelain crowns to:

  • Cover chips and cracks
  • Correct the color of your tooth
  • Strengthen an injured or broken tooth
  • Strengthen a tooth after a root canal 
  • GIve a decayed tooth structure added strength
  • Cover enamel erosion

What makes porcelain a great material for crowns?

Porcelain is a great material for crowns because of its unique translucent quality that makes it look like your natural teeth. Unlike other materials for crowns, porcelain is hypoallergenic and safe for all users. 

While they’re not as strong as other crowns, they can be strengthened with a metal core on the inside. If you choose not to have a metal lining, they look more natural and don’t have a revealing line between your tooth and gum line. 

What’s the procedure for getting porcelain crowns?

Your porcelain crowns are custom created to your smile’s natural shape and color. First, your affected tooth is cleaned and shaped so the crown fits over it. Then, your Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care provider creates an impression of the prepared tooth to send to the lab. 

After about two weeks, your new porcelain crown is ready for bonding. Your Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care provider fits the crown over your tooth to make sure that it fits and looks good. Then, a bonding material is used to cement your crown to the tooth. 

What happens if my porcelain crown breaks?

Porcelain crowns look great on your teeth, but they can break with falls or accidents. If your crown breaks, call Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care for advice from your dentist. He or she will assess the severity of your crown’s breakage and tell you how to care for your crown until your visit.

If your porcelain crown is simply chipped or cracked, your dentist can fix it using a tooth-colored resin material. If the break is severe, you might need a new crown using your original impressions.

After damaging a tooth, porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking solution. To find out if you need a porcelain crown, call Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care or book your appointment online