Porcelain crowns, also known as ceramic crowns, are lifelike and versatile, especially when you consider the strength of modern porcelain crowns. How long do porcelain crowns last? Call your cosmetic dentist in SoHo for answers. Dr. John Koutsoyiannis at Sohosmile is proud to offer the highest quality Feldspatic and eMax crowns, which he often can create on the same day.
Porcelain crowns restore your teeth to full strength and functionality when a large amount of the tooth structure has decayed or broken off. If a filling or another type of dental restoration isn’t an option, your dentist in SoHo may recommend a dental crown to save the tooth. Sometimes, a crown is really needed; for example, a crown is usually the last step in a root canal procedure.
While there’s a variety of dental crown types — including composite resin, metal, porcelain and zirconia crowns — Dr. John may recommend a porcelain crown for specific conditions, such as:
- Capping worn teeth to restore function and aesthetics
- Repairing teeth weakened from previous restorations
- Correcting the alignment or bite of your teeth
- Restoring a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
- Strengthening a tooth to be an anchor for a dental bridge
- Covering and protecting a badly discolored or misshapen tooth
Types of Crowns
You have many choices when it comes to dental crowns. Metal crowns, including those made of gold, are strong and durable, but readily visible. They are usually an option for back teeth only. Composite resin crowns are made of the same material as dental bonding, so they’re functional, but not very durable. That leaves:
- Porcelain or ceramic crowns
- Zirconia crowns
- EMax crowns
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns
Ceramic crowns are made of an all glass-like material, typically porcelain. There are two types of ceramic crowns: those that are entirely made of porcelain and those that are fused to metal. These crowns have superior aesthetics as their luster mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The porcelain fused to metal crown may show a black line at the base of the tooth.
Zirconia Dental Crowns
Zirconia crowns are created from the oxidized metal zirconium. Being oxidized, zirconia appears ceramic, making it a popular aesthetic choice. Zirconia crowns are as hard as metal crowns but match your natural tooth color. BruxZir is the brand name of the most popular zirconia dental crowns.
Zirconia dental crowns are durable and non-allergic. They require less of your tooth structure to be removed when fitted. But zirconia crown problems do exist. Zirconia crown disadvantages include:
- The strength of zirconia crowns can cause friction between the capped tooth and adjacent teeth.
- It’s harder to identify decay under the crown because of the crown’s durability, coupled with the inability to see through it on x-rays.
- The material isn’t as translucent as pure porcelain, so zirconia dental crowns can’t be used in all scenarios.
Advantages of Porcelain Ceramic Crowns
Ceramic crowns made of porcelain are the closest match in color to your natural teeth. That makes them the perfect choice for capping your front teeth. While they can chip or crack, most often when you ask how long do porcelain crowns last, the answer is 10 to 20 years. If your crown breaks, though, you may have to replace it. You usually can’t repair it.
Though expensive, your porcelain crown may be partly covered by your insurance policy. Since there are variables in your porcelain crown cost, talk to the dental team at Sohosmile for guidance. When you need a crown, however, it may be the only thing that can save your tooth.
Making and Fitting Your Crown
Your dental crown procedure typically requires one to two visits. If Dr. John determines that you need to come back, he takes an impression of your tooth, which is used to create your custom crown. You’re fitted with a temporary crown while your permanent one is made in an offsite dental laboratory. You wear the temporary crown for about two weeks.
In most cases at Sohosmile, we can digitally render your crown in one visit! We can make the crown on-site and fit it in your mouth before you leave. A single visit is all it takes to give you back your functional and beautiful smile.
Ensure a Perfect Fit
When you visit a cosmetic dentist at Sohosmile, you get the best-looking and best-fitting crown with the care that protects your oral health. Sohosmile serves all of Lower Manhattan, including: Tribeca, West Village, Nolita, the Financial District, Downtown NYC, SoHo, NoHo, South Village, Greenwich Village, Hudson Square and Battery Park City.
If you’re weighing the kind of dental crown to get, remember that porcelain crowns look the most like your natural teeth. They can last for decades with proper care.