Cosmetic Dentistry
Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

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.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  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.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires only one appointment now. Because now we make them here in office, using our Cerec machine. The appointment usually takes two hours;

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, contrast spray is sprayed onto the tooth and surrounding teeth. The contrast spray powder makes it easy for the camera to pick it up. Then while staying dry Dr. McClintock will place a camera in your mouth and will take pictures of the prepped tooth and the teeth in front and behind it. Once all the pictures are taken, Dr. McClintock will design the crown on the Cerec Computer, Mill out the crown which is in a weaker state (blue) for Emax crowns, make any necessary adjustments and then the assistant will glaze the crown and bake for 20 minutes. After baking the crown will be tooth colored and bonded to your prepped tooth.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.



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