A tooth crown (or veneer) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring a tooth 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 crowns 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 and long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for getting crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Root canals
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments at Boston Center for Oral Health. Your first appointment will involve one of our Boston cosmetic dentists taking several molds 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.
Regular dental visits are encouraged once your new crown is placed in order to check for any changes that may happen over time.
Before: Patient needs upper arch rehabilitation. Presents with upper anterior teeth that are stained, tooth edges are worn down and chipped, and gum line recession is present.
After: Patient’s smile is restored with the placement of 8 upper porcelain crowns (caps). Gumline and tooth edges are now uniform. Patient has longer, better-shaped teeth to enhance the smile line and aid in chewing/biting function.
Before: Patient is unhappy with six upper anterior teeth. The edges are uneven, the gum line is uneven on the two central incisors, and the color/shade is not uniform. The two lateral incisor teeth have been previously restored and are poorly shaped.
After: Patient’s smile is restored with 6 upper anterior porcelain crowns that are properly shaped, gum line is uniform, and color/shade is the same for all 6 incisor teeth.
Note: Patients depicted in photos have provided their consent to display their pictures online. Each patient is unique, and results may vary.