Damaged teeth are typically restored by use of fillings. However, when too much of a tooth’s structure is removed to support a filling, a porcelain crown or “cap” may be needed. A porcelain crown may be needed to:
- Attach bridges
- Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- Cover dental implants
Crowns may be made entirely of gold, porcelain fused to a gold , or other methods to substrate for strength and aesthetic appeal. However, using new technology, crowns can be made entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results.
How it’s done
The first step in getting your porcelain crown involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the actual crown. Typically a portion of your tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After the dentist reshapes your tooth, they will use a special material to create an impression of it. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory to be made into a permanent crown. Before sending you home, the dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth in between visits.
When you return, your dentist will have received the permanent crown from the laboratory. They will remove the temporary crown and fit the new permanent one. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, they will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.