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Porcelain Crowns

A crown 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 crowns 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 of 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 had a root canal.

What does getting a Porcelain crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  On the first visit, we will remove any decay and shape the tooth, so that it will securely hold the crown.  Next, we will take an impression of your teeth.  The dental lab uses this impression to make an accurate model of your mouth, and then they use the model to make a crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite.  In the meantime, we often place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.  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.

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.

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

For more information about options to make your smile more beautiful and porcelain crowns, please call the office at (973) 467-9876 to schedule an appointment.