Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that encases the existing tooth, restoring it to its original shape, size and functionality.  A crown protects and strengthens the tooth it is covering that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.   Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (ceramic tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting smile. Some crowns are made of metal (like Gold) or made with a combination of both metal and porcelain.

Reasons for crowns:

        • Broken or cracked teeth.
        • Cosmetic enhancement.
        • Decayed teeth.
        • Fractured fillings.
        • Large fillings.
        • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two visits to our office.  Your first appointment will include taking several molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by on of the dental laboratories we use.   While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.  At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.   You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.