Porcelain Crown (caps)
A porcelain crown, also referred to as a cap, is a tooth-shaped piece that is designed to cover the entire tooth. A crown is often used to correct a variety of dental issues including covering damaged or broken teeth, covering teeth that have large fillings, protecting weak teeth, and covering teeth that are badly shaped or discolored. A crown can also be used as part of a fixed bridge. Like most dental restorations, porcelain crowns may eventually require replacement or repair, but with good oral hygiene you can expect your crown to last for many years.
Crowns can be created from numerous types of materials, but porcelain crowns tend to be most popular because they so closely resemble the shape, size and color of natural teeth.
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns offer additional strength, protection and visual appeal to your smile. They are an extremely versatile tool in the world of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain crowns can:
- Restore broken or fractured teeth
- Improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth
- Restore the shape and size of badly decayed teeth
- Strengthen teeth with large fillings
- Cover teeth that have had a root canal
- Anchor fixed bridges
What to Expect When Getting a Porcelain Crown
The entire procedure will typically require two office visits. During the initial visit your dentist will remove any decay or broken fillings. In order for the tooth to be prepared, a small amount of tooth structure (usually 1-2mm) will need to be removed from the circumference of the tooth to provide adequate space for the crown. The dentist will then take several impressions (molds) of your teeth that will be used to create both a temporary crown and a permanent porcelain crown. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab where technicians will fabricate your permanent crown in a color that closely matches your other teeth. Since the fabrication process takes approximately two weeks, you will be fitted with the temporary crown to help protect your tooth while you wait.
During your second appointment the dentist will remove your temporary crown and clean your tooth. The porcelain crown will then be placed and checked for fit, appearance and comfort. The crown is then cemented in place. At the conclusion of your appointment you will receive instructions to help you understand how to care for your new porcelain crown. Avoid chewing ice or other hard objects, practice good oral hygiene, and see the dentist regularly to prolong the life of your crown.