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 done for discoloration after a root canal or for aesthetic reasons. Dr. Jamie Elizabeth Sands provides the most beautiful, natural-looking results at her Studio City practice for patients who need or desire tooth restoration.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
- A natural appearance
- No gray color near the gum line
- Improved ability to chew and speak
- No bone loss resulting from missing teeth
Those who have crowns often experience an unattractive gray line at the base of their restored tooth due to the color of the coping that supports the crown. Dr. Jamie Sands avoids this by implementing high-quality, tooth-colored zirconium copings or lithium disilicate that support the new tooth. As a result, her patients enjoy strong, natural-looking teeth that improve their ability to speak and chew while preventing bone loss that can occur as a result of missing teeth.
Porcelain Crowns: What to Expect
Placing a porcelain crown usually requires two visits to Dr. Jamie Sands’ office. The first visit will involve removing decay and preparing the tooth so that the crown can easily fit in the space. A temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to avoid discomfort while Dr. Jamie Sands’ ceramist manufactures a customized porcelain crown. Once the customized porcelain crown is made, the patient will come back for a second visit to have it placed. If the crown fits and the aesthetics are correct, Dr. Jamie Sands will permanently cement the crown into place.
This patient had poorly done front crowns Dr. Sands replaced them.
Porcelain Crowns FAQ
Porcelain crowns can last in excess of ten years if properly cared for and maintained.
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 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 it is not removed, decay can occur, and the crown will need to be replaced. It is important to brush, floss, and keep your regular dental appointments to avoid potential problems.
Yes. Teeth that have been treated for a root canal typically do need to have a crown placed.
Dr. Jamie Elizabeth Sands provides some of the most beautiful results with porcelain crowns at her Studio City practice. If you have a decayed, damaged, or missing tooth, please schedule an appointment today by calling (818) 766-6767. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.