A crown (or cap) is a tooth-shaped covering that covers the 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.
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.
Crowns are a great solution for:
- Fixing broken, fractured, or decayed teeth
- Enhancing the cosmetic appearance of teeth
- Repairing fractured fillings
- Large fillings
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Philip Messer will take several highly accurate impressions (molds) of your teeth that will be used to create your custom porcelain crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown that will protect your tooth while your new crown is being fabricated by a dental laboratory (this takes about two weeks).
During your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed and the underlying tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. Then your new crown will be carefully secured in place for a precise and comfortable fit.
At Dr. Philip Messer’s dental office, we use the latest technology and finest materials for porcelain crowns that offer superior fit, function, and aesthetics. We also 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. Philip Messer if you have any questions about porcelain crowns or to schedule a smile consultation.