Did you know a recent Kelton Research study revealed that people with beautiful, bright smiles are considered more attractive and successful? It’s true. A gorgeous smile can boost confidence. Often, our teeth become damaged due to tooth decay or injury. When this happens, people can become self-conscious regarding the imperfections in their smile. Thankfully, a dental procedure exists for repairing damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how porcelain crowns provide long lasting and esthetically pleasing smile repair.
How Do I Know If I Need a Crown?
Many people don’t know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Despite this, our teeth can sometimes become cracked or chipped. When the enamel is damaged, bacteria can reach the sensitive layers of dentin beneath the surface. Soon, tooth decay begins, which further damages our teeth. Dr. Fondriest may recommend a crown to repair the damage and protect your tooth from infection or decay. If you experience sensitive teeth, constant toothaches, or pain when biting down, you may have a cracked or broken tooth that requires a crown.
Best Porcelain Crowns Available
Crowns act as a cap that fits completely over an injured tooth. Applying a crown preserves the remaining tooth structure and protects your smile from further damage. Many people dread having a crown done because they think it will stand out as different from the other natural teeth. It is indeed true that many crowns are noticeable as fake as they often have dark lines at the gumline. Dentists serve many socio-economic niches and provide a range of quality levels of restorative work and different price points. If your dentist serves the higher end market, he/she will be employing a higher quality laboratory to create the crown. Crowns can be custom matched by capturing excellent photographic images of the neighboring teeth. These images can be sued by the ceramic artist to copy the optical characteristics exactly.
Dr. Fondriest prefers porcelain crowns instead of the common metal crowns. Porcelain crowns don’t require as much loss of tooth structure, and they look completely natural. In fact, a porcelain crown can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile. While metal crowns are often topped with porcelain, the substructure is still metallic. In the event a patient’s gums recede, a dark line might become visible as the metal portion of the crown is exposed. The porcelain material is biocompatible, which reduces gum recession. Since porcelain crowns don’t use metal, patients don’t need to worry about unsightly dark lines.
For patients interested in porcelain crowns, the first step is to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Fondriest. During your consultation, Dr. Fondriest will sit down with you to discuss your smile goals and perform a thorough oral examination. Afterward, Dr. Fondriest will decide if porcelain crowns provide the best means of smile restoration. Dr. Fondriest believes in artistic smile design. In addition to examining your teeth, Dr. Fondriest will assess your facial structure to ensure quality repair. This typically involves photographing your facial asymmetries, your lip drape and movement patterns when you talk, along with how your teeth are displayed when speaking. Artistic smile design enables Dr. Fondriest to offer dental care that reflects your personality.
Receiving Your Porcelain Crowns
After your examination, Dr. Fondriest will prepare the surface of your tooth. Then, he will take an impression of your surrounding teeth. The impression will be sent to an expert ceramist. Using the impression, the ceramist will craft your custom-made crowns following Dr. Fondriest’s exact specifications. Once your crowns are complete, Dr. Fondriest will check the fit to of your new crowns. Finally, Dr. Fondriest will place your custom-made porcelain crown using a powerful bonding agent. When you step out of Lake Forest Dental Arts, you will have beautiful new dental restorations, the best porcelain crowns that can be made.
Caring For Your Crowns
Patients should care for their crowns just as they would their natural teeth. Always brush twice a day, and floss once. Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash. These steps help protect both your natural teeth and your new crown by cleansing your mouth of harmful bacteria and food particles. Always attend your six-month checkups. Dr. Fondriest can check the status of your restorations, and watch for any signs of serious dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Early detection allows Dr. Fondriest to prescribe the necessary treatment to help patients avoid costly and invasive procedures in the future.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist
Do you require dental restoration? Interested in our innovative and natural looking porcelain crowns? Talk to Dr. Fondriest today! We offer patients the latest in innovative restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. Call us for a second opinion at 847-234-0517.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States