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Studio City CA 91607

Porcelain Crowns

What is a porcelain crown?

A porcelain crown (also called a “cap”) is used to restore broken, decayed, or chipped teeth. Crowns look and function exactly like natural teeth and are supported by the natural tooth root. Porcelain crowns are also used to cover discoloration after a root canal. Dr. Sands provides natural-looking results for her patients who are seeking tooth restoration.

The advantages of porcelain crowns include:


No gray color
near the gum line

Improved ability
to chew and speak

No bone loss
resulting from missing teeth

How do porcelain crowns work?

Placing a porcelain crown typically requires two visits to Dr. Sands’ office. The first visit will involve removing decay and preparing the tooth so that the crown can fit easily. During this visit, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to avoid discomfort while Dr. Sands’ ceramist manufactures the custom porcelain crown. Once the customized crown is made, the patient will return for a second visit to have it placed. Once the crown fits properly and meets the patient’s aesthetic standards, Dr. Sands will permanently cement the crown into place.

Some patients who have crowns from previous dentists may notice an unattractive gray line at the base of their restored tooth due to the clashing color of the material that supports the crown. Dr. Sands avoid this issue by using high-quality, tooth-colored zirconium or lithium disilicate to support the new tooth.


How long will porcelain crowns last?
Porcelain crowns can lass more than ten years if properly maintained.
Can I get a cavity on a tooth with a crown?
Yes. Patients are often surprised that they can get a cavity on a tooth with a crown. This can occur if the support for the crown is the existing natural tooth root as opposed to a dental implant. When plaque forms at the base of the tooth near the gumline, it can seep into the junction point between the crown and the natural tooth. If this is not removed, decay can occur and the crown will need to be replaced. Therefore it’s very important to regularly brush and floss, as well as attend regular dentist appointments, to avoid potential problems.
Will I need a crown if I get a root canal?
Yes. Teeth that have been treated for a root canal typically do need to have a crown placed.

Dr. Sands provides beautiful results with porcelain crowns at her Studio City practice. Schedule an appointment today for an assessment of your decayed, damaged, or missing teeth.