Porcelain Dental Crowns
A crown (or cap) is a tooth-shaped covering that covers entire tooth surface in order to restore its original shape and size or to improve its appearance. Whereas a filling restores only part of a tooth, a crown can restore the structure of a much larger portion of tooth.
Although crowns can be made from several different materials, porcelain is the most popular choice because it’s extremely natural looking and luminous. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and will last for many years, but as with most dental restorations they may eventually require repair or replacement.
Reasons for crowns:
- To fix broken, fractured or decayed teeth.
- For cosmetic enhancement.
- To repair fractured fillings.
- For large fillings.
A crown procedure usually requires three appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Brian Y. Lee will take several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your temporary crown. A temporary crown will be fabricated & placed during this appointment. Your temporary crown will protect your tooth until your new crown is placed.
At your second appointment a series of custom impressions will be taken for your custom crown. Your new crown will be fabricated by a dental laboratory (this process takes at least two to four weeks).
During your final appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the underlying tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and your new crown will be carefully secured in place for a precise and comfortable fit.
Dr. Lee uses the latest technology and finest materials to create porcelain crowns that offer superior fit, function and aesthetics. He will provide instructions for the care of your new dental restoration. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your new crowns.
Feel free to contact Dr. Lee if you have any questions about porcelain crowns or to schedule a smile consultation.