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Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

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Dental Crowns

A dental cap or crown covers or encases an entire tooth surface, bringing it back to its original size and shape. A dental crown can strengthen and protect a tooth that cannot be restored with other types of repair work, including fillings.

While there are many types of dental crowns, the most popular are tooth-colored porcelain crowns since they look and perform like natural teeth. They are also very durable and can last for years. Like most dental restorations, however, they will likely need eventual replacement. Dental crowns are made to match the color, size and shape of your own teeth so you get a natural and beautiful smile for many years.

Consider dental crowns for:
  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Cosmetic improvement of misshapen teeth
  • Teeth damaged by decay
  • Broken fillings
  • Excessively large fillings
  • Teeth treated with root canal therapy

What is involved in getting a dental crown?

A dental crown is set over two appointment, in most cases. During the first appointment, highly accurate molds or impressions are taken that are used to make a custom dental crown. The molds are also used to fashion a temporary crown that will cover the tooth for about two weeks while the permanent crown is being made in a dental lab.

Then while the tooth is numb, the dentist makes preparations for the crown by removing decay and contouring the tooth surface properly to receive the crown. Once that is done, the temporary crown is fitted with temporary glue and the bite is checked to make sure eating will be comfortable.

During the second appointment, the temporary dental crown is taken off and the tooth is cleaned so it can accept the permanent crown. Then the dental crown is placed and bite and spacing are assessed.

You will receive care instructions and told about the importance to your oral and overall health of regular dental checkups.

To find out how dental crowns can work for you, call us at (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation.