Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
A crown, which is often referred to as a cap, is essentially a helmet encasing the entire exposed tooth surface for maximum tooth protection. A porcelain crown strengthens and protects the underlying tooth structure while beautifully restoring it to an ideal shape and size.
Porcelain crowns are custom made by the dental laboratory using a solid tooth colored dental ceramic material that is then permanently cemented onto your tooth as a restoration. Porcelain crowns provide me with the most control over developing a natural tooth shape with a beautiful, smooth and translucent surface. Often with this technique I will have you visit my dental ceramist for a custom shade appointment so the color and characterization of the porcelain genuinely matches your adjacent natural teeth.
Indications for porcelain crowns:
- Severely decayed teeth
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Root canaled teeth
- Aesthetic enhancement of your smile
- Aesthetic replacement of outdated restorations
Porcelain crowns are but one choice for restoring your teeth. All dental materials have certain advantages and disadvantages but no dental material is capable of lasting forever. As your dentist, I will always advise you on the best material choices for any given situation based upon your needs, dental research, and my experience. Of course excellent oral hygiene practices, good dietary habits, and regular dental visits to my practice will aid in the life of any restoration.