While composite fillings may cover just a small portion of the tooth, a porcelain crown can encase the entire visible portion of the tooth. The crown, in effect, acts as the new outer surface of the tooth. A crown will be used when the tooth is decayed or broken to an extent which fillings can not fix the problem. The crown's ability to form a protective shell around the tooth can help in not only strengthening it but improving cosmetic appearance too. They can restore the shape of a tooth and are often used for teeth that have been broken. The use of porcelain allows for the crown to look and feel like a natural tooth.
How it's done
Crowns can sometimes take multiple visits to our office, but thanks to our on-site dental lab, many times we can also do same-day-crown appointments.
At your first trip, a portion of your tooth may need to be reshaped or removed for the crown to fit. A special material will then be used to create an impression for our lab. If we do not create the crown in the same day, we will provide you wish a temporary crown to wear until your next visit.
If you return with a temporary crown, we will first remove it before fitting the new permanent one. Before it is cemented in place, we will assure the color and fit is perfect for your smile.