Last updated: Apr 19, 2021

Porcelain crowns for your teeth look natural and function just like your own teeth. Porcelain crowns are highly recommended as the best option to replace or cap your teeth, when necessary. They’re easy to match to the color of your natural teeth, too. They’re so strong that they’re worth the investment, as opposed to lesser options that are more susceptible to breakage and wear. A porcelain crown costs a little more than an acrylic crown, but it also lasts a lot longer. How long do porcelain crowns last? Up to 30 years, when fitted properly by our best-rated dentists located in Yonkers, NY. Of course, you must take care of porcelain caps properly to get the most wear out of them.

Before & After Porcelain CrownsDental crowns are synthetic porcelain caps placed on your teeth to protect them. Specialists in our dentistry office fit them over the top of your teeth either to strengthen them or make them look better when:

  • Protecting a cracked tooth
  • Holding a large existing filling in place
  • Repairing a broken tooth
  • Capping worn down teeth
  • Putting a cap on a tooth after a root canal
  • Finishing off a dental implant
  • Restoring a tooth from a deep hole in the tooth
  • Attaching a dental bridge or partial dentures
  • Making discolored or stained teeth look better

Porcelain crowns are dental caps, but instead of being made of acrylic, they’re made of porcelain, an ideal material to replace a tooth. The goal is to create natural-looking teeth that fit comfortably in your mouth. This doesn’t only restore your smile cosmetically; it also restores your teeth’ functionality.

When you hear about porcelain dental crowns, certain questions arise. First, you probably start thinking about porcelain crown costs. Once that’s settled, you probably wonder how long do porcelain crowns last?

How Dentists Install Porcelain Crowns?

When you go to a dentist for dental crowns or porcelain caps, you need two visits. This process is time-intensive, but most people feel their time is well spent.

  • During the first visit, your dentist prepares your tooth, removing any decay and cleaning the tooth and the teeth around it. An impression is made of your bite, which is used to make the crown. While waiting for the lab to make your porcelain crown, your dentist puts a temporary crown in place.
  • At the second visit, your dentist removes the temporary crown and cleans up your tooth. Then the permanent porcelain crown is set and adjustments made. Finally, your dentist cements the crown in place.

How Much Does a Porcelain Crown Costs?

Don’t put off getting this procedure for fear of the porcelain crown costs. While the price varies depending on tooth location, your dentist gives you the best value possible — and the price includes all the steps to cement the porcelain crown securely in place. Specifically, your porcelain crown cost should never exceed $3,000 per tooth, but most are much more reasonable: as low as $1,000 per tooth.

Remember that the quality level varies greatly, depending on your dentist. Our best-rated dental experts take pride in putting porcelain dental crowns in place. That experience pays off for you. It’s worth paying for a well-made porcelain crown that expertly fits into your mouth.

When it’s done correctly, your porcelain crown:

  • Looks more natural
  • Fits better, giving you a more natural bite
  • Is stronger
  • Lasts longer
  • Is worth your porcelain crown cost
  • Keeps your gum tissues healthy so your tooth is less likely to decay

How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?

When you take proper care of your porcelain crowns, they easily last 10 to 15 years. They can last as long as 30 years with proper care and maintenance that includes:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing so that excess plaque and debris don’t build up around the crown
  • Keeping up your bi-annual dentist visits so we can:
    • Examine your teeth and gums
    • Clean your teeth thoroughly
    • Take X-rays to make sure your crapped tooth is still healthy

Porcelain makes a strong, attractive replacement for your natural tooth. It shouldn’t chip, break or crack with normal use. It maintains its color, blending in with your other teeth. How long do porcelain crowns last? Long enough that you’ll forget which tooth it covers.

What is the Difference Between Porcelain Crowns and Veneers?

Porcelain crowns and veneers are two of the most popular dental treatments available.

These innovative techniques can help improve the appearance of your smile, but both are used in very different situations. Although both use highly lifelike porcelain that closely replicates the appearance of natural teeth, it’s most likely that one procedure will be more suitable for your situation than the other. Understanding how each work can be useful; when you see your dentist for treatment, you will understand what they are explaining and can ask more pertinent questions about each procedure.

Veneers

A porcelain veneer consists of a thin laminated shell of porcelain that is handcrafted to replace tooth enamel. It is fabricated to fit exactly over the outer surface of a front tooth that has been hand prepared by your dentist, who will remove a minimal amount of tooth structure to create enough room for the veneer. Because a veneer is typically 0.5 mm in thickness, your dentist only needs to remove a tiny amount of tooth structure to ensure the veneer looks fantastic.

Porcelain veneers are typically used as a cosmetic procedure as they can enhance the appearance of natural teeth and can restore teeth that have minor imperfections in their appearance. You might want to choose porcelain veneers if you have teeth that are discolored or stained and which won’t respond to a conventional tooth whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers are used to disguise the appearance of front teeth that you show when you smile or talk with others. They can be fitted onto upper and lower teeth.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Porcelain crowns cap the entire tooth, so none of its original structure is visible. Because the crown covers the whole tooth, substantial preparation is needed to remove enough structure to make room for the crown.

Porcelain crowns can change the color and shape of the tooth, and the latest all-ceramic crowns look fantastic.

Porcelain crowns are used when a tooth is severely damaged. For example, if you have a tooth with significant tooth decay or which is severely chipped or cracked, or if you have a tooth that has received root canal therapy.

Crowning a tooth restores the missing tooth structure while veneers can enhance the appearance of natural teeth and can restore teeth that have minor imperfections.

Find the Right Saturday Dentist

Finding a dentist you trust makes all the difference. If you already have a relationship with a cosmetic dentist or family dentist open on Saturday and Saturday, ask about getting a porcelain crown instead of an acrylic or metal cap when you need a crown. They’re a significant investment in your oral health that pays off in many ways.

The entire procedure takes no more than 80 minutes, although it may come after another procedure, such as a root canal. You may experience some minor discomfort afterward, especially if you’ve had a root canal. For this reason, you need a team of dentists with the most experience, who also are dedicated to providing you and your family with gentle, painless dentistry.

Do you have any questions about the porcelain crowns? To schedule an appointment with the best cosmetic dentist Farzin Farokhzadeh, DDS of Park Avenue Smiles please contact our cosmetic dental clinic.