When a tooth needs a restoration, sometimes the best choice is an all-porcelain crown.
It’s precision-crafted in a dental laboratory, so it may take two or more appointments to restore your tooth with a porcelain crown.
On your first visit, we numb the area to make you comfortable. We may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth while we work. Then we remove any decay and shape the tooth with the hand piece. Next we’ll take an impression of your teeth. The lab uses the impression to make a model of your mouth. They’ll use the model to create a crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite. In the meantime, we often place a temporary crown. On your next visit, we remove the temporary and try in your new porcelain crown. We’ll check the fit and your bite. When everything looks good, we cement the crown in place.
A porcelain crown has several advantages:
- The crown covers and protects the tooth.
- Strong and durable.
- Porcelain has the life-like translucency of natural teeth.
- When you need a crown, porcelain crowns are a natural-looking choice.
- Post & Core.
We use a post & core to replace the missing portion of a severely broken down tooth, after root canal therapy and prior to placing a crown.
Te post, often made of metal or fiber-reinforced resin, is used to anchor a core, which is also called a buildup. First we prepare a space for the post in one of the root canals. We try the post and then cement or bond it in place. Next we place the new core material on the tooth. Lastly we shape the material to accept the crown.