Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

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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.
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Porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years. 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.


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What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking impressions that will be used to create your custom crown. The first impression will be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is received back from the dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. A second impression will be taken of the prepared tooth.

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 is accurate.


If a tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient crown height; there might not be enough tooth structure available to place the crown. In these instances, crown lengthening surgery may be necessary in order to provide more tooth structure for your dentist to work with. During this procedure, your periodontist removes and reshapes excess gum tissue and bone to expose more of the teeth. Upon healing your permanent crown will be placed.

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