Porcelain Dental Crowns FAQ
Does it hurt to get porcelain crowns?
Your dentist will need to do some modifications in order for the crown to be placed over your existing tooth or implant. You will be numb for this part of the process, so you won't experience any kind of pain. There might be some minor discomfort after the feeling comes back, but you can easily manage it with the help of over-the-counter painkillers.
The placement of the crown itself doesn't hurt, especially if you have a root canal, because you don't have feeling in the nerves of that tooth anymore. In the case of implants, there may be some pain and swelling, which can be managed with over-the-counter medicines.
Do porcelain crowns need special maintenance?
You can treat porcelain crowns just like any other tooth by sticking to your daily hygiene routine of blasting, mouthwash, and flossing. It's important to get regular dental checkups two times a year. As a rule of thumb, you don't have to worry about any special maintenance for your crowns.
How long do porcelain dental crowns last?
Porcelain crowns typically last at least 15 years with proper maintenance and care, and it's not uncommon for them to last 20+ years. The materials used to build porcelain crowns are highly durable and similar to your teeth' natural enamel in hardness and strength. This means that you can expect your porcelain crowns to last for a very long time.
What are alternatives to porcelain dental crowns?
A crown might be the only option if you lost one or more of your natural tooth structure. If one or more of your teeth have broken down to the point at which dental fillings can no longer work, then the only alternative to a dental crown is to have them removed. This is not a good alternative, though, because it means you will have a space in your mouth that will alter your bite as the surrounding teeth start to drift.
At J Han Dental Design, we use state-of-the-art techniques and materials to create porcelain crowns that look and feel just like natural teeth. If you want to restore your smile's function and look, get in touch with us today and schedule an appointment.