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Porcelain Crowns

A crown covers part or all of your tooth, 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.

Crowns are made of gold, porcelain, or both.  All-porcelain crowns are popular because they resemble your natural teeth. They are very durable and will last many years.  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.
  • Restore a tooth with decay too extensive for a filling.
  • Restore a tooth with fillings too large to replace.
  • To strengthen a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
  • Cosmetic enhancement

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown requires two appointments.  Your first appointment includes careful application of local anesthetic, shaping the tooth using specific principles but always trying to preserve as much of the original tooth as possible, taking very accurate impressions, and fabricating a provisional/temporary crown to protect the tooth and look good too. This appointment takes about an hour.

We work with local artisans who are very skilled at creating a crown that is natural looking and fits and feels great.

The second appointment is easier, taking less than 30 minutes; we remove the provisional/temporary crown and after checking the fit, color, and bite we cement/bond your new crown in place.  That's all there is to it!


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