If you have a damaged tooth, a beautiful and effective method of protecting the remaining tooth structure is a porcelain crown. We also use porcelain crowns to create amazing smile makeovers. In either case, it is very important that we use our skills to match the porcelain crown or crowns to your existing teeth. Advances in technology in recent years have made porcelain crowns much more beautiful, so that a well-down crown is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Advances in Porcelain Crown Technology
Until bonding technology became available, porcelain crowns had to have some kind of metal as a base under the porcelain. This structure made it impossible for the crown to achieve the translucency of a natural tooth. Now, new stronger materials make it possible to have all-porcelain crown restorations even in the back teeth.
All porcelain crowns can be made to look exactly like your existing teeth, so that the restored tooth looks like a completely natural part of your mouth. The pictures below show an example of a patient with a “peg lateral”. Notice that the tooth immediately next to the front tooth on the patient’s left is unattractively smaller than it’s corresponding tooth on the patient’s right side.
The picture on the right shows the same patient after an all-porcelain crown is placed. It is impossible to tell which tooth is the restoration.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
A porcelain crown usually requires two visits. After a thorough exam which determines whether or not the tooth in question is a healthy candidate for a crown, the tooth receiving the crown will be “prepped” before the crown can be placed. A small amount of material is shaved from the tooth, then an impression is made of the tooth. At the next visit, the crown is bonded into place.
To find out more about porcelain crowns and to see if you are a candidate, call us or request an appointment online.