Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

 Porcelain Crowns 

After having carefully removed your mercury fillings and any other metal alloy following the protocol described in our "amalgam removal" page, you migth need a ceramic crown

A ceramic crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring its shape and size.  A ceramic crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations, they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Ceramic crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for ceramic crowns:

  • Amalgam replacement
  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a laboratory made ceramic crown involve?

This procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately one week until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

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

Alternatively we will do a CEREC CROWN IN ONE APPOINTMENT

  (Please check our page on CEREC procedures)