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A bright, healthy smile is a crucial aspect of one’s appearance and overall well-being. Unfortunately, several factors like injury, decay, or genetics can damage teeth, which can impact the functionality and aesthetics of one’s smile. In such cases, dental crowns can be an excellent solution to restore teeth and provide a confident, beautiful smile.
Among the most popular types of dental crowns are porcelain dental crowns, known for their durability and natural-looking appearance. At Briglia Dental Group, skilled West Chester cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ron Briglia, provides high-quality porcelain dental crowns customized to match the color, shape, and size of one’s natural teeth.
Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.
Porcelain dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over damaged, decayed, or discolored teeth to restore their appearance and function. These crowns are made of high-quality ceramic material that closely resembles the natural color and texture of teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from real teeth.
Porcelain crowns are a popular choice for people looking to improve the appearance of their smile because they can effectively cover up imperfections and give the teeth a more uniform look. They are also highly durable and can last for up to 15 years or more with proper care.
Porcelain dental crowns offer numerous benefits, including:
Porcelain crowns are an excellent option for individuals who have damaged, discolored, or misshapen teeth that cannot be restored or improved with simpler treatments such as dental bonding, inlays and onlays, or teeth whitening. A good candidate for porcelain crowns is someone who has:
Not everyone is a good candidate for porcelain crowns. People who have significant gum disease, decay or infection around the tooth, or an insufficient amount of healthy tooth structure may not be eligible for dental crowns. In such cases, your dentist may recommend other options such as dental implants or bridges during your initial consultation.
The process of getting porcelain crowns typically involves several steps, including initial consultation and exam, design, preparation, and placement. Here’s what you can usually expect:
During your initial consultation with Dr. Briglia at Briglia Dental Group, he’ll examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage to your tooth. Your dentist will also discuss the benefits and potential risks of porcelain crowns with you, as well as answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
If a dental crown is deemed necessary, your dentist will prepare the damaged tooth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crown. If you’re feeling nervous, we can provide sedation dentistry options to keep you relaxed. We’ll then take impressions of your teeth to create a mold used to make your custom crown.
Once your dental impressions are taken, Dr. Briglia will work with a dental lab to design your custom dental crown. Your crown will be customized to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result.
While you wait for your permanent crown to be made, your cosmetic dentist may place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it from further damage. It is important to be careful with the temporary crown and avoid eating sticky or hard foods that could dislodge it.
Once your permanent porcelain crown is ready, you will return to Briglia Dental Group. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one over the prepared tooth. They will carefully check the fit and color of the crown, making any necessary adjustments before permanently cementing it into place.
Porcelain crowns are an excellent investment in your dental health and can last for many years with proper care. Here are some essential tips for maintaining your porcelain dental crowns:
Just like your natural teeth, porcelain crowns require regular brushing and flossing to keep them clean and free from bacteria. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
Porcelain crowns are durable, but they can still crack or chip if subjected to excessive force. Avoid chewing on hard foods like ice, hard candy, or nuts, as they can damage your dental crowns.
If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, wear a mouthguard to protect your dental crowns from damage.
Regular dental checkups are crucial to maintaining the health and longevity of your porcelain dental crowns. Your cosmetic dentist can monitor the condition of your dental crowns and identify any issues early on.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure your porcelain dental crowns last for many years and keep your smile looking beautiful and healthy.
If you’re looking to enhance your smile and restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth, porcelain crowns are an excellent solution. Briglia Dental Group, located in West Chester, PA, offers top-quality porcelain crowns customized to match the color and texture of your natural teeth.
With an experienced and skilled dentist like Dr. Ron Briglia, personalized care, state-of-the-art technology, and a comfortable environment, you can trust Briglia Dental Group to provide you with exceptional dental care and beautiful results. Contact our West Chester dental office today by dialing (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient or (610) 692 4440 if you’re an existing patient to schedule your appointment and start your journey towards a confident, healthy smile. We serve new and returning patients from West Chester and surrounding areas such as Chester Springs, Exton, Broomall, and Chadds Ford, PA.
Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.
He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.
Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.
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