Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
A crown (or cap) is a covering that surrounds the complete tooth surface restoring it to its former size and shape. A crown strengthens and protects tooth structure that cannot be restored with composites or other methods of restoration.
Although there are multiple types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they mimick your natural teeth. They are highly durable and are the most long lasting restorations provided in dentistry, but like most dental restorations, they may some day need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting lovely smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
What does getting a crown entail?
A crown procedure usually requires two visits. Your first appointment will include taking several highly precise molds (or impressions) that will be used to fabricate your custom crown. A mold will also be used to make a temporary crown which will remain on your tooth for about 2 weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. Braithwaite will shape the tooth by removing any decay and forming the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are finished, your temporary crown will be seated with temporary cement and your bite will be evaluated to make sure you are chewing properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be carefully removed, the tooth will be sterilized, and your new crown will be precisely placed to ensure the bite and spacing are accurate.
The dental assitants will give care instructions and you will be reminded to have regular dental check-ups to examine your new crown.