Porcelain crowns serve both a cosmetic and a practical function. They are ideal for repairing and reinforcing badly damaged teeth. Made of strong porcelain, they are particularly recommended for patients with teeth that are either already cracked or at high risk of cracking in the future. Once they have been placed, porcelain crowns reinforce the strength of the damaged tooth and offer patients a natural looking and cosmetically pleasing result.
What is a crown?
A crown or “cap” is a permanent covering that is used to restore a tooth that was decayed, damaged, cracked or had root canal treatment. Crowns are also placed to strengthen teeth and can be used to restore the natural appearance of teeth. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (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 of your teeth giving you a beautiful, natural looking smile.
Reasons for crowns
Broken or fractured teeth
Previous root canal treatment
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate 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 a dental laboratory.
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, bite and cosmetics are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to resume with your regular dental visits.