Crowns and Veneers
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are tooth shaped fixed prosthetics placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns fully cover the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns are a popular dental restoration option for patients who want to restore their smile’s function and appearance.
Dental crowns have many applications, such as:
- Covering a severely stained or oddly shaped tooth when porcelain veneers are not an option
- Serving as the restoration, or replacement tooth, after dental implant surgery
- Reinforcing a cracked or broken tooth
- Protecting and restoring function to a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Anchoring a traditional dental bridge
Before proceeding with placing a dental crown, our treatment team will sit down with you to discuss your options and provide information and answer your questions about the dental crown procedure. We truly believe that happy and satisfied patients are well-informed patients who also play a role in deciding their dental treatment. To make sure you are well-informed, we want to help you learn everything you can about your dental care and about your choices for restoration.
What is the Process for Dental Crowns?
The process for getting a dental crown restoration usually takes two visits. During the first exam, the tooth is numbed and the surface is prepared. After Dr. George has prepared the tooth, a digital scan (Trios) of the tooth is made and a temporary crown is placed. The scan of your tooth is used to create your permanent crown. This permanent crown is placed on your tooth during your second appointment. Dr. George will make any necessary adjustments and bond it into place. After your crown is bonded, it will function just like a natural tooth.
Is a Dental Crown Right for Me?
The deciding factor for whether a patient is a good candidate for a dental crown is the condition of their teeth. Crowns are ideal for patients who have severe tooth decay and teeth are in the situation where they cannot be restored. Severe decay is often untreatable through any other treatment than restoration using dental crowns, and in these situations, the crown can protect the teeth and gums from further damage, pain, or infection.
Patients who suffered enamel damage because of a bad bite are also excellent candidates for dental crowns. Crowns can also restore your smile’s aesthetics while returning strength to your teeth– which gives you something to smile about! Crowns can also be used to balance uneven bites and protect you from pain and further damage.
If you are considering restoring your smile with dental crowns, call 724-934-3422 today!
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin, custom-made porcelain shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve your smile’s appearance. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth and can change their color, shape, size, or length. This leaves the underlying structure of your tooth intact while providing a clean, bright, natural-looking new surface to your smile.
Porcelain veneers are a safe, effective solution for resolving many common cosmetic dental problems, including:
- Deep or severe stains, including those resistant to tooth whitening procedures
- Teeth with visible cracks, pitting, and other kinds of surface damage
- Crooked teeth
- Disproportionately sized or shaped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
There are many myths about the porcelain veneer procedure and many people don’t consider porcelain veneers because they think the procedure is invasive and painful. This is untrue due to advances in porcelain veneers and modern restorative dentistry.
The porcelain veneer procedure generally takes place over three office visits. The first visit discusses study models and choice of shape. During the second visit, Dr. George and her team will prepare your teeth and take a digital scan to allow your new porcelain veneers to be precisely custom crafted just for your smile- including your personalized size, shape, and color specifications. After you leave our office, our dental laboratory will use your custom digital scan to create your porcelain veneers.
When you arrive for your third visit, your custom veneers will be complete and ready for your inspection. Once you have had the opportunity to look them over, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and a strong bonding agent will be applied. Your veneers will then be affixed to your teeth, and any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure your bite is correct and even. Finally, the bonding agent will be cured using a special light to bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth, ensuring a tight, secure fit.
After the bonding process is complete, you can go about your normal activities, and enjoy your new, bright, healthy-looking smile.
If you’re worried about how you will look with your new veneers, we offer Trial Smiles. Trial Smiles are a wax mock-up of your new smile that gives you a visual of what you will look like with your veneers before they are permanently placed. Trial Smiles are a great way to “try on” your new smile!
Want to learn more about porcelain veneers? Call Dr. George today at 724-934-3422 to schedule your consultation.