San Antonio Veneers and Implants

Porcelain Crowns

Instead of using a filling that covers just a small portion of a tooth, many patients may need a porcelain crown which can encase the entire visible portion of a natural tooth. The crown, or “cap,” acts as a new outer surface for the tooth. A crown is best used when a tooth is decayed or broken to the point where the fillings cannot repair the issue. Crowns are capable of providing a protective shell around a tooth’s structure to strengthen it while also improving the appearance of the tooth. They can restore teeth to their original shape, which is best for teeth that have been injured. Crowns come in many different materials, but the most natural look and feel are achieved with porcelain.
How it’s done
During the first visit with Dr. Knight, patients can discuss with the dentist if they are candidates for dental crowns. Impressions are taken after a portion of the tooth is removed. This allows the final crown to fit properly over the tooth without creating extra bulk. The dentist reshapes the tooth and special materials are used for the impressions. These molds are mailed to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the final, permanent crown. A temporary crown may be placed in the meantime. When the permanent crown arrives at the dental office, patients return for the bonding of the restoration with a special cementing material. Dr. Knight ensures the crown fits the tooth comfortably and matches the existing smile for seamless integration.

During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to examine an x-ray of the crown in place to ensure the fit of the crown is correct. Only then will the crown be permanently cemented into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile. Once the crown has been permanently cemented, it is very difficult and close to impossible to alter any shortcomings the crown may have. So...this being said...Dr. Knight and the patient will be communicating closely during this appointment to ensure fit AND appearance of the crown are acceptable BEFORE cementation. The only way the color/shape of the crown can be altered after cementation is to remove/cut the crown from the mouth and replace it with another.