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Cosmetic Dentistry- Porcelain Crowns 

Porcelain Crowns (commonly known as caps)

A crown (or cap) is merely an encasing that covers an entire tooth surface while restoring it to its natural size and shape. The reason a crown is used in a situation is because there is no other way to restore the tooth to its natural size or shape. When the crown is in place it protects and strengthens a tooth's structure.

There are several types of crowns that are used in Dentistry. Each will have its own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, the most popular of them is the Porcelain Crown because they are designed by different shades of color to give a precise color match. Since the match is precise, the crown will resemble your natural teeth and restore that smile that you have always wanted.

As with most dental restorations, porcelain crowns may have to be replaced at some point in time. Most patients have kept the same crown in for decades and some have kept them in longer! Porcelain crowns are designed to match the size, shape and color of your teeth giving you that natural look. That being said, they are very durable and will provide you will many long lasting years, giving you that beautiful smile that you have always wanted.

Reasons For Crowns:

- Fractured Teeth
- Broken Teeth
- Large Unwanted Fillings
- Tooth that currently has Root Canal
- Fractured Fillings
- Decayed Teeth

What is involved in a Porcelain Crown?

This procedure usually takes two appointments. To start off the first appointment, we will take very precise impressions (molds) of your upper and lower teeth. When the impressions are done, you will be given a temporary crown that you wear for about 1-2 weeks. The impressions then will be sent off to a Dental Lab where they will be used to create a custom (size, shape, and color) crown. The custom crown will take about 1-2 weeks to make.

This procedure is typically painless, the area where the tooth is located will be numb with (novocain). Next the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by removing any decay and also by shaping the surfaces of the tooth to accept the crown. After that, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth using temporary cement. Before you leave your bite pattern will be checked. Sometimes it is hard for you to tell how your bite pattern is when you are numb, so we use bite ink film, you bite down and it will leave ink spots where to tell us if your bite is correct.

At your second (usually last) appointment, your temporary crown will be carefully removed and the tooth will be cleaned again. Then, your custom new crown will be fitted to your tooth. Again your bite will be tested to ensure that it is correct. If need be, very minor adjustments (nanometers) will be made.

After the procedure you will be given post procedural care instructions. As with any examination or procedure good oral hygiene practices, and regular dental examination visits will be encouraged to maintain the life of your crown and your smile.  

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