Porcelain Crowns &Onlays in Pinehurst

What are Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain crowns are the preferred long-term treatment option to address dental related problems like cracked, broken or structurally compromised teeth. This procedure is commonly used following a root canal to help distribute the stress from chewing forces on the tooth, and prevent it from breaking.

Porcelain crown have many benefits, including:

  • Protect a tooth from breaking
  • Support nearby teeth
  • Provide structure
  • Improve the esthetic quality of the teeth
  • Crown/Onlay material combines both strength and durability

Are Porcelain Crowns and Onlays Right for You?

Dr. Streets will assess your case and determine if you are a proper candidate for porcelain crowns. If the treatment plan confirms proper treatment needs, you will be scheduled for two separate appointments that are usually seven to ten days apart. At the first appointment, Dr. Streets will prepare the tooth that requires treatment, and you will be given a temporary crown. At the second appointment, we deliver and cement the crown.

What is the Longevity of Porcelain Crowns and Onlays?

Generally, porcelain crowns and onlays can last anywhere from 5-15 years, depending on personal habits and lifestyle, teeth grinding and clenching habits, and other masticatory behaviors. Avoiding these behaviors allows crowns to last beyond 15 years.

Make sure to visit your Dr. Streets every 6 months to have a professional cleaning and to re-examine your teeth, soft gingival tissue, and prosthetic restorations. If the health of your teeth are the underlying issue, then you may feel that the crown is getting loose. If you sense anything wrong with your crowns or onlays, then call the Smiles in the Pines right away in order to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Do Porcelain Crowns Stain?

In short, yes, porcelain can stain. However, porcelain is not very porous and staining is negligible. Brushing too hard can damage the porcelain that permits discoloration, along with toothpaste that is abrasive enough to remove the glaze surrounding the porcelain material. Hard candies and foods will roughen the surfaces of the crown. Be wary of foods that include: sodas, tomato sauces, lemons and other acidic foods. The tar from cigarettes can also adhere to the surface of your new crown, discoloring the porcelain.

Luckily, most stains are removable with professional cleanings and our polishing tools at Smiles in the Pines. For staining due to the material fracturing, the only treatment available is replacing the entire crown or onlay.

For even more information on how you can get porcelain crowns and direct toot restorations, please call our office or schedule an appointment. Dr. Streets and our office staff invite any and all questions.

If you’re in Pinehurst or surrounding areas, please call our office at 910-240-2922 to get more information about Porcelain Crowns &Onlays in Pinehurst.