Porcelain Crowns / Veneers

Porcelain Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening it and improving its appearance. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective.

A dental crown can be used to:

  • Hold a cracked tooth together to prevent further damage
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling where only a little of the original tooth is left
  • Attach a bridge
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Cover a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Cover a dental implant

There are several different methods of crown restoration, each using a different crown material. A major advantage to choosing porcelain crowns is their ability to be created to look exactly like the teeth they are replacing, or an even more aesthetically-pleasing version. Porcelain crowns are available in a wide variety of shades in order to perfectly color-match them to your existing teeth. This will provide the most natural look, so there is little evidence that you have undergone any dental work at all. Because they are the most cosmetically attractive, they are usually used for the front teeth.

All-porcelain crowns are also a much better choice for anyone with a metal allergy. Since they contain no form of metal at all, the wearer should experience no adverse reactions.

Porcelain crowns are generally durable and long lasting. They require no more care than the rest of your teeth-just a simple regimen of regular brushing and flossing. However, if you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, you may require fitting for a mouth guard to prevent the excess pressure from causing your crown to crack.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells of ceramic that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth. They can give you a bright, white, even and attractive smile. Veneers make it possible to correct a variety of problems, including spaces between the teeth, chips, yellowing or stains and misshapen or crooked teeth. A veneer placed on top of a tooth can quickly and easily help you achieve a beautiful smile!

Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s natural teeth, making them virtually undetectable. They are truly among the best of the restorative options when it comes to their similarity in appearance to healthy tooth enamel. Another benefit is that they are resistant to future staining due to coffee, tea or cigarettes. Since veneers are so thin, light shines through them, helping them blend in beautifully with natural teeth.

With proper care, porcelain veneers are a strong and durable treatment method. They will often last for 10 to 15 years. Our dentists will ensure that your veneers are manufactured from the highest quality of porcelain, fitted with precision and bonded with the most advanced adhesive materials available.

The Procedure

Porcelain veneer placement will require three appointments:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment planning:
    This initial appointment provides an opportunity for you to take an active role in designing an improved smile. Our dentists will discuss with you the corrective abilities and limitations of this procedure and help you plan the changes you would like to make.
  2. Preparation:
    The second appointment will last approximately one hour. Although the porcelain veneers are very thin, the teeth receiving them are lightly buffed to compensate for the added thickness of the veneers. The tooth is typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. This portion of the procedure may be performed with little or no local anesthesia. 

    Next, an impression is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for creation of the custom-made veneer. A temporary veneer can be placed if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The veneer is usually ready one to two weeks later.

  3. Bonding:
    At your third appointment, your dentist will initially hold the veneers in place on your teeth with water or glycerin to determine that they are perfect in fit and color. The color of the veneer can still be adjusted at this time by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the tooth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and the veneer and a special light is used to quickly harden the cement. You can expect this visit to take between one and two hours.