Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center P.A.
Dr. J. Terry Alford and Associates
"Creating Naturally Beautiful Smiles"

Cosmetic Porcelain Crowns

A Cosmetic Porcelain 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. New generation Porcelain crowns can be made with a WHITE base that prevents that BLACK area around the gum line that is often seen when someone gets a metal based crown. The metal based crowns are very strong and will last for years.  However, the new generation ceramic and zirconia based crowns are equallly as strong and do not have that DARK line around the gum.  

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular.  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.  If you are considering a Cosmetic Makeover then consider whitening your teeth first. In this way the new crowns can be matched to your new whiter teeth. Porcelain will not change color and if you have some visible crowns and plan to whiten your teeth then be aware that you may have to change these crowns after you whiten.

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 for the  proper fit .  Once these details are accomplished the impressions are made and  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 keep you healthy and  to check your new crown.

If you are interested in having these kind of Cosmetic Procedures performed then please give us a call for a Free Cosmetic Consult. Click Here to make an Appointment.