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Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size. When cemented in place, a crown fully encases the portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line. They can be used to strengthen a tooth, to improve its appearance, or both.

Porcelain crowns may be needed if a tooth has been broken or severely worn down. It might also be required when tooth filling needs to be replaced because of tooth decay or fracture but there isn’t a lot of the healthy part of the tooth left to support a filling. In this case, a refilled tooth would be weak and likely to break.

To cover a dental implant and hold a fixed dental bridge in place are some of the other chief reasons in using porcelain crowns. At times, it is also used to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth in a situation where a veneer or cosmetic filling would not be suitable.

Elgin Porcelain Crowns

A very simple procedure is followed by your Elgin dentists for getting the porcelain crowns in place. Following the initial assessment and planning stage, which will include x-rays to assess the roots and surrounding bone, it normally requires two visits to prepare and fit a porcelain dental crown.

At the first visit, your Elgin dentist will numb your tooth and the surrounding gum before gently shaping the tooth to make room for the crown. Then we will take impressions (molds) – not only of the tooth which is being crowned but also of the teeth in the other jaw, to make sure the crown will not affect your bite. The tests are then sent to the lab for manufacturing of your dental crown.

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