A crown (or cap) is a tooth-shaped covering that covers the entire tooth surface in order to restore its original shape & size or to improve its appearance. Whereas a filling restores only part of a tooth, a crown can restore the structure of a much larger portion of tooth.
Although crowns can be made from several different materials, porcelain is the most popular choice because it extremely natural looking & luminous. Porcelain crowns are highly durable & will last for many years, but as with most dental restorations they may eventually require repair or replacement.
Reasons for crowns:
• To fix broken, fractured or decayed teeth
• For cosmetic enhancement
• To repair fractured fillings
• For large fillings
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Smith will take several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom porcelain crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown that will protect your tooth while your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory (this takes about two weeks).
During your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the underlying tooth will be thoroughly cleaned & your new crown will be carefully secured in place for a precise & comfortable fit.
At the office of Dr. Chuck Smith we use the latest technology & finest materials to create porcelain crowns that offer superior fit, function & aesthetics. We will provide instructions for the care of your new dental restoration. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits & regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your new crowns.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about porcelain crowns or to schedule a smile consultation with Dr. Smith.