Porcelain Crowns (Caps) by Board Certified Prosthodontist Steven Rhodes, DDS
Steve Rhodes is board certified on a national level and offers exceptional service and procedures that you just can't find at a general dentist's office! Below is an overview of the porcelain crown (cap) procedure we offer at our local Las Vegas office.
Crowns (or caps) are coverings that encase your teeth to restore them to their original shape and size. Crowns are essential for both strengthening and restoring your original tooth structure beyond getting a filling or different type of restoration.
There are a few different types of crowns that can be used for tooth restoration, and porcelain crowns are the most popular because of how closely they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are also very durable and often last many years. They are made to uniquely fit the shape, size and color of your natural teeth and are a great option for getting back your beautiful smile.
Most common reasons for getting porcelain crowns (or caps):
· Broken or fractured teeth that need to be restored back to their natural shape
· Cosmetic enhancement to get teeth looking better
· Decayed teeth that need added form and shape
· Fractured fillings
· Large fillings
· Teeth that have a root canal
What does getting a porcelain crown involve?
When you come into our office for a porcelain crown procedure, we'll usually schedule two appointments. The first appointment will include taking several molds or impressions of your teeth that will be used to create your custom crown. Another mold will also be created for a temporary crown that will stay on your tooth for about two weeks while we prepare your new crown in the lab.
What happens during a porcelain crown procedure?
Our dentist will initially numb your tooth to prepare it for the procedure. This will involve removing decay from the tooth and re-shaping the surface of the tooth so that it will fit the new crown. The tooth will then be fitted with a temporary crown and cement and we'll check your bite to make sure you are biting properly.
At the second appointment that will follow this initial procedure, we remove the temporary crown and replace it with your new crown. The new crown will be placed carefully to ensure that your spacing and bite are both accurate. We will also provide you with instructions for caring for your new crown and encourage you to have regular check-ins.
Interested in a crown (or cap) procedure? Contact our local Las Vegas office today! Our staff would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have regarding porcelain dental crowns.