Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
A crown or cap refers to a coving over the tooth that restores it to its original size and shape. A crown strengthens and protects tooth structure that cannot be restored using other restoration methods.
While many types of crown exist, porcelain (tooth colored crown) tends to be most popular because it resembles your natural teeth. They are extremely durable and capable of lasting for many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced just like other dental restorations. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth, resulting in a brighter and healthier smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
- Root canal in the tooth
What does getting a crown involve?
Usually, a crown procedure requires two appointments. During your first appointment, you have to take several highly accurate impressions (or molds) that will be used in creating your custom crown. A temporary crown will be created using a mold. This will be placed on your tooth for about two weeks until your new crown has been created by the dental lab.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist prepares the tooth by getting rid of any decay and shaping the surface to fit the crown. Next, a temporary cement will be used to place your temporary crown, and you will have your bite examined to be sure you are biting properly.
Your temporary crown will be taken off at your second appointment. Your tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown placed to ensure that the bite and spacing are accurate.
You will get dental instructions and encouraged to visit the dentist regularly for your new crown to be checked.