Porcelain Crowns and Caps

A porcelain crown, also known as a cap, covers the tooth surface and completely encompasses the entire tooth thus restoring it to its original shape and size.  Crowns are used when your tooth or teeth need additional strength and protection that can’t be obtained with other types of restorations and procedures.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns are tooth colored and are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years. However, like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting and beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

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

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown 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 two weeks 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 is accurate. At that time you will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.


Cosmetic Dentistry is more than dental dentures and bridges.