At PGA Dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens, FL we often receive a lot of inquiries about how porcelain crowns work and what they entail. Here we’ve compiled a general list of the most common questions we’ve received, and have answered them here for your convenience. If you cannot find your question among these, feel free to contact us and one of our helpful staff will be available to take your question. We look forward to hearing from you.
A cosmetic porcelain crown is a constructed ceramic tooth that is placed on top of a patient’s tooth, effectively covering it with a bright, white replacement. Unlike dental implants, these are reserved more for those who are suffering a poor appearance on their tooth. Porcelain crowns can cover discoloration, cracks, crevices and more with an effective replacement that enables you to continue your daily activities.
The length of your porcelain crown’s longevity is largely based on the quality of the material. At PGA Dentistry our porcelain crowns are constructed at a reputable ceramics laboratory, and are guaranteed to fit comfortably. On average, porcelain crowns can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years with proper care and maintenance. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, porcelain crowns are remarkably durable. However, we recommend that you continue with your routine dental visits in order to maintain your crown. If you do need a replacement, it’s often due to bite issues, general wear and tear, or cases of tooth decay underneath in the natural tooth.
There are a variety of dental crowns available in the dental field, from stainless steel to resin, but at PGA Dentistry we’ve found that metal-free e.Max® porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking for our patients. Other types of crown can yellow or break down over time, and are sometimes easy to tell apart from your natural teeth. With our porcelain veneers through our specialty ceramic laboratory, we enjoy transforming our patients’ smiles into brighter, whiter variations.
The journey to a brighter smile with porcelain crowns requires a few steps. First, there is a consultation with Dr. Ajmo to determine which teeth need porcelain crowns and the to discuss the process. Next is to prepare your teeth that will be receiving the crown. Any decay must be removed and the tooth will be cleaned and polished in order to best fit the crown. At this point you will receive provisional restorations to for a short period, so that you can see how the crown will feel, appear, and if it affects your bite. After this, your porcelain crown(s) will be constructed in the ceramics laboratory and in a few weeks be ready to place. Using cement, the crowns will be bonded to your tooth.
Since porcelain crowns have been known to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years (or longer), it is truly a long-term investment to save your smile. The final cost of the procedure will be determined during your consultations with Dr. Ajmo, and will depend on a number of factors: how many crowns you’re receiving and if any supplemental procedures are needed first. We believe that these crowns can improve your smile and are guaranteed to last thanks to our high quality standards. We offer a number of payment options and accept financial assistance programs to alleviate any burden of cost for our patient. We encourage you to contact us for more information about the cost and financing of your porcelain crowns.
At PGA Dentistry, we enjoy watching our patients leave our office with renewed smiles that improve their confidence. If your teeth are riddled with discoloration, cracks, crevices and more than cosmetic porcelain crowns may be for you. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ajmo to learn more about the process, candidacy, and overall effectiveness of porcelain veneers.