What Are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns (caps) 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 crowns (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 may 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.
Porcelain Crown Benefits
Broken or fractured teeth.
A tooth has a root canal.
Porcelain Crowns Before & After
Procedure Crown Procedure
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.
- Your first appointment includes taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that help create your custom crown. A mold helps create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until a dental laboratory fabricates your new crown. 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.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Porcelain Crown Maintenance
Crowns are typically durable and long-lasting, and require no more care than natural teeth. For a patient who grinds her or his teeth during sleep, a custom mouth guard may be necessary to prevent excess pressure from causing a crown to crack.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in porcelain crowns and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (505) 881-1159 to schedule a consultation at our office in Albuquerque, NM.