Porcelain Crowns in Costa Mesa
If you have an infected tooth, need root canal therapy or have a serious cavity that cannot be treated with a filling, you may need porcelain crowns in Costa Mesa. At Brite Clean Smiles, we specialize in advanced, porcelain crowns that look and feel completely natural.
Whether you need a new porcelain crown, or you are interested in replacing an existing gold or steel crown with a more natural-looking alternative, we’re here to help. Learn the basics about porcelain crowns from Dr. Mina Girgis of Brite Clean Smiles.
What Are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are crafted to match the shade of your surrounding teeth. These crowns are used to cover up damaged or misshapen teeth and protect the underlying structure.
Porcelain is very similar to tooth enamel in texture, color, and appearance. This means that a porcelain crown is the best way to restore your smile without changing how you look! The material is also very durable, and does not stain, giving it a long lifespan and keeping your tooth stain-free.
What Is the Porcelain Crown Fitting and Placement Process Like?
Porcelain crowns are placed much like a standard metal crown. The process is minimally invasive and performed under a local anesthetic by our porcelain crown dentist, Dr. Girgis. It usually takes two appointments. Here’s what you can expect.
At your first appointment, digital images and impressions will be taken of your teeth. During this process, your tooth will be prepared for the application of a crown. Some enamel will be removed with the help of local anesthetic to create a stable, solid platform to which the crown can be attached.
Images and impressions will be sent to a third-party lab, and your prepared tooth will be covered with a temporary dental crown. The lab will manufacture a crown that matches your existing tooth perfectly. This typically takes 2-3 weeks.
At your next appointment, your tooth will be cleaned and the crown will be checked for fit, color, and appearance. At this point, a few adjustments may be made, if necessary. Then, the crown is bonded into place with a powerful, permanent dental adhesive. That’s it!
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
Why should you choose a porcelain crown over a metal crown? Here are just a few reasons:
- Stronger bond to the teeth – Usually, less tooth enamel has to be removed when placing a porcelain crown and the bond is tighter and stronger than that of a metal crown.
- Durable and stain-resistant – Porcelain is exceptionally strong, especially compared to softer metals like gold. It’s also naturally stain-resistant, so your crown will stay white and beautiful!
- Natural and attractive – Gold and metal crowns look quite unnatural, so a porcelain crown is a better choice if you don’t want anyone to know that you’ve had dental work done.
- No risk of tooth sensitivity – Some patients with metal crowns report feelings of increased sensitivity to hot and cold, due to the conductivity of most metals. Porcelain is non-conductive, so it will not increase the sensitivity of teeth.
Get the Crown You Need at Brite Clean Smiles!
If you need to replace an older, failing dental crown or think that you may need a crown placed due to a cavity or infected tooth, contact Dr. Mina Girgis at Brite Clean Smiles now. At our advanced dental practice, we specialize in porcelain crowns in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Orange County.
Learn more today, and get the dental care that you need to feel great about your smile. Contact us at (949) 777-1005 for an appointment, or stop by our office in Orange County at 488 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627.