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 will 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?

In our office, a crown procedure usually requires a single appointment.  Once the tooth is numb, Dr. Don will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Your appointment will includes taking several highly accurate digital pictures to create a digital impression that will be used to create your custom crown.

Once the digital crown is designed, the image is sent to the  milling machine which will fabricate the crown in approximately 10-12 minutes.  Once made, the crown is placed in a ceramic oven to finalize the crown-making process.  The finished crown is then cleaned and carefully placed to ensure proper spacing and bite. 

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.