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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.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

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, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed 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.

CEREC Same-Day Porcelain Crowns

When appropriate, crowns can be completed in one visit. Porcelain crowns are an effective option for teeth that are aesthetically or functionally imperfect or teeth that have significant damage or decay. Crowns are placed over the original tooth in order to restore it to an ideal size and shape.

The porcelain crowns that we offer are tooth-colored and can be created and placed in a single visit using CEREC same-day dental technology. If you are interested in learning more about CEREC same-day dentistry or porcelain crowns, please contact our Hayward, CA dental practice today.

Richard L. Plasch, DDS, FAGD, Inc.
30048 Mission Boulevard Suite 232 Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: (510) 471-5521 URL of Map