When a tooth needs a restoration or you want to improve your smile, sometimes the best choice is a porcelain crown. A porcelain crown is precision-crafted in a dental laboratory, so it may take two or more appointments to restore your tooth with a porcelain crown.
Placing a Porcelain Crown
On your visit, we numb the area to make you comfortable. We may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth and the back of your throat while we work.
Using the hand piece, we remove any decay and shape the tooth, so it will securely hold the crown. Next we take an impression of your teeth. The dental lab uses the impression to make an accurate model of your mouth, and then they use the model to create a crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite. In the meantime, we often place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
On your next visit, we remove the temporary crown and try in your new porcelain crown. We check the fit, and when everything is right, we bond or cement the crown in place.
The Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
A porcelain crown has several benefits. Like all crowns, it covers and protects your tooth. But in addition, a porcelain crown is: