Porcelain Crowns and Caps

Porcelaiin Crowns and Caps

A crown (or cap) is a restoration that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

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 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?

Crowns in our office are almost always all-ceramic (porcelain). The tooth is prepared for the crown by removing any broken or decayed portions of the tooth. An optical scan is then done with a special camera and the crown is designed on a computer right there. A solid block of porcelain is selected that matches your tooth color and shade. This is placed in the milling machine (a robotic machine) and the crown is milled with amazing accuracy (to within 4 microns). This is then polished and bonded onto the remaing tooth structure. You leave the office with your new crown. No waiting, no temporaries, no gooey impressions. One visit vs. a minimum of two with the older technology.

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