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Porcelain Crowns


Rendering of jaw with dental crownAt Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry, we understand that restoring your teeth is about more than function, our patients want their smile to look good too, and we agree. We have made a variety of dental crowns available to match your needs depending on the placement of your crown, including porcelain crowns. The advanced superiority of porcelain crowns today offers our patients high value in both aesthetics and durability.

Traditionally, porcelain crowns were known for breakage, but thanks to advancements in technology and upgrades in materials being used, porcelain has become the preferred option. Porcelain offers our patients teeth that look like your natural enamel in color, texture, shape and overall appearance. Porcelain also possesses the same light-scattering properties as natural enamel helping them appear more natural than ever before. Today, porcelain dental crowns can be used for both restorative and cosmetic restorations.

What Is A Dental Crown?


We use dental crowns as a fixed prosthetic to restore a damaged, misshapen, weakened or missing tooth. Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as a cap or caps, because it is customized to surround and encase a tooth or dental implant. Dental crowns are customized to match the patient’s bite and fit in the space needed. Protecting your teeth with the added strength of a crown, or restoring a missing tooth with a crown, can improve and protect your oral health. We are happy to review the area in question and offer suggestions specific to your needs, which may include a dental crown.

In years past, dentists would often promote different materials dependent on the placement of where the crown was being used and what bite force would be used, and though we still have those materials, porcelain can be used anywhere in your mouth. We are happy to discuss the values of each material and make suggestions specific to you.

The Dental Crown Procedure


In general, having a dental crown placed is completed over two dental visits. Sometimes the restoration process can take longer, but the crown portion generally involves the following:
•  Planning: The planning process may include a digital x-ray and will include creating an impression or mold. We will also discuss your needs and what you may be looking for from your dental crown. We may apply a temporary crown at the end of this appointment.
•  Fabrication: With the planning information in hand, we will send your order to a dental lab for fabrication. This process can take a couple of weeks. We will contact you when your crown is ready.
•  Fitting: With your new crown in hand, we will contact you for placement. We will begin by cleaning the area and then checking your crown for fit. We will want to ensure your new crowns fit snugly in place, matching your bite. We can make small adjustments as needed. With the crown fitted, we can then cement the crown in place.
•  Going Forward: With your new crown adhered in place, you can resume your regular diet and chew evenly in your mouth. During your future checkups we will check the crowns status and check that it is firmly in place. We can make adjustments if needed.


Schedule Your Consultation


If you would like to learn more about porcelain crowns, call (425) 738-8476, and schedule your consultation now!