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Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that has been weakened by large fillings, tooth fracture, and/or root canal therapy.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  Crowns 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 beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured 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 appointments.  At your first appointment the dentist will use local anesthetic to get the tooth "numb" so it can be carefully prepared for a crown.  Preparing the tooth for a crown is accomplished by removing any decay, fractured or weakened tooth structure, and shaping the remaining tooth to properly fit a crown.  Once the tooth is prepared, a highly accurate impression will be taken which 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 to three weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.  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 and the tooth will be cleaned.  The new crown will be checked for proper fit,  proper contact with adjacent teeth, proper bite, and slight adjustments will be performed as needed.  The permanent crown with then be cemented into place.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

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