Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns

If your tooth is damaged beyond what a filling can repair, a crown (also called a cap) can be used to cover the damage and rebuild that part of your tooth. A crown protects your tooth from further damage. You may need a crown if:

  • You have had a root canal
  • You have more filling than tooth structure
  • You have a broken or fractured tooth
  • Your tooth is badly stained, not the right shape or out of alignment

Crowns can be made of different kinds of metals, all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal and full gold crowns. They are strong and can last many, many years, if you take good care of them. Brush and floss your crown just like you clean your natural teeth. You can get recurrent or new decay on the base of the tooth below the crown if not cleaned properly.

But crowns are not unbreakable and can fracture. To keep your crowns in good shape, the following is recommended:

  • Do not bite down on hard objects
  • Do not use your teeth to open bottles or cut things
  • Wear a protective mouthpiece if you grind or clench your teeth (also known as an Occlusal Guard). These need to be fitted to your teeth.

The type of crown Dr. Beer selects is based on the condition of your existing teeth, the type of crowns (if any) you already have, whether you have partial dentures, your time constraints, and what your preference is.

Porcelain Crowns are made right in our office—you can see them get made and have them seated the same day. We will:

  • Prepare your tooth for your new crown
  • Design your crown chairside
  • Create your crown right here in the office with our Cerec machine
  • Bake and glaze it
  • Seat your new crown 
all in one appointment.

Porcelain Fused to Metal and Full Gold Crowns are sent to a lab and you will need to make another appointment to have it seated approximately two and a half weeks later. We will:

  • Take an impression for a temporary crown you will wear for the 2½ weeks
  • Prepare the tooth for a new crown
  • Take another impression to go to the lab and send your case to the lab.

You will need to come back in approximately 2½ weeks and the assistant will remove your temporary crown, clean the area and try on your new crown. If the fit is perfect, Dr. Beer will then seat your permanent crown. As with any restoration, there is always a chance that you will need a root canal in the future.

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