Porcelain Crowns / Teeth Bonding FAQ

What causes teeth to break down and chip?

Damage to tooth enamel can happen through injury, decay, eating and drinking, grinding, and smoking. When your mouth is not thoroughly healthy, teeth are more prone to damage. Dr. Miller can identify weakened areas of enamel and recommend measures to protect weak teeth.

How do dental crowns solve dental imperfections?

Tooth crowns are strong, custom-made structures placed around the damaged tooth in order to strengthen and protect it. Porcelain crown material is so strong and durable that it actually increases the biting strength a tooth can withhold. Porcelain crowns can also be used along with a bridge to replace missing teeth.

What happens during the crown process?

Dr. Miller will take an impression of the damaged tooth and place a temporary crown for you to wear until your next appointment. Our dental ceramist then sculpts your crown and Dr. Miller specifies a color shade closely matched to your teeth. Your permanent crown will then be adhered to the tooth for a natural, strong result.

What happens during a tooth bonding appointment?

Dr. Miller will contour the damaged tooth surface to prepare it for bonding. Then, a bonding agent is applied and the tooth-colored composite is applied and sculpted for beauty and function. A high-intensity light is then used to harden the bond for a super strong result. A tooth bonding typically only takes one visit.

Is teeth bonding painful?

Bonding is a pain-free treatment. Some patients may feel sensitivity in the treated tooth that should subside shortly.

How should I care for my bonded tooth/teeth?

Just like natural teeth, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene with a regular home care routine. Dr. Miller will recommend a non-abrasive toothpaste for you to use. Come back and visit us every six months for a deep cleaning and check-up. Also, try to avoid chewing on especially hard objects.