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 two appointments.  In FIFTH AVENUE DENTAL CARE you only need one appointment for your crowns.  Your appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  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, Dr. Natividad will take another DIGITAL impression of the tooth and design and mill the crown while you relax or watch a movie.

After a couple of minutes your new crown will be ready.  Your new crown will be carefully placed and cemented to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

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

One beautiful feature of our CEREC crowns is it enables us to SEE INSIDE the crown when we take x-rays! unlike crowns with metal, where dentists have to guess whats going on inside the crown and base their judgement primarily on the limited areas that they can see.  When you feel pain, most of the time it is already too late and the cavity would already be really big.  This means you would be needed a root canal treatment -- something totally preventable if you had a crown that allows your dentist to see thru.




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