Am I a good candidate for porcelain crowns?
Crowns are used to replace and restore damaged or decaying tooth. A dental crown covers the entire surface of the remaining tooth above the gumline. Before getting porcelain crowns, it is useful to know some basic information about crowns and about the requirements for their placement.
What are the requirements of porcelain crowns?
No metal sensitivity
Patients with metal allergies are not suitable candidates for porcelain crowns (as these are porcelain fused to metal crowns, which have a metal core). For them, zirconia crowns can be a good alternative.
Good oral hygiene
Brushing your teeth with the correct technique (at least twice a day) along with the use of dental floss and mouthwash can contribute to having good oral health and a successful treatment.
Gum in good condition
In case the placement of the crown is part of the implant procedure, the implants will be inserted into the jawbone. Patients with gum diseases are not suitable candidates for implant placement as only a healthy gum will be able to correctly support an implant.
Proper bone density
Good bone density is essential for the placement of implants, as sufficient amount of bone is indispensable to effectively support the implant.
Maintaining oral health
Commitment to oral health is not only important to assure that the patient is suitable for dental implants, but it can also prevent other serious health issues and tooth loss. Regular brushing, flossing, and the use of mouth wash are essential for maintaining oral health. Half yearly dental check-ups are also recommended to make sure no problems go unnoticed.
Can tooth grinders have porcelain crowns?
The short answer is yes. Tooth grinding or bruxism is not a contraindication for getting porcelain crowns. It might not be well-known, but tooth grinding is actually very common and often it isn’t a conscious thing, since it usually happens while asleep. Please inform your dentist if you are aware of having bruxism but they will also be able to recognize the symptoms.
Tooth grinding puts additional pressure on the crowns, however this can be easily managed. The crown can be made up of more resistant material or the dentist can recommend the usage of a nightguard or a mouthguard during the night to relieve the pressure on the crown.