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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 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?

If you have had a crown procedure done in the past, you have probably experienced the inconvenience of having to wear a temporary crown for 2 to 3 weeks after your initial appointment. And then, you  would return for another visit to place the crown. Not at our office....  We use the latest in permanent crown technology called a Cerec. The Cerec procedure allows us to take a very small impression before the tooth is prepared, and actually generate a porcelain crown at that very same appointment. The permanent crown is cemented in that day and it is not necessary to return for another appointment. It is a very pleasant experience for the patient when a crown procedure is necessary in order to restore a tooth that is broken or cannot be restored by a filling.