Crowns (Caps) & Lava Crowns
Lava Zirconia Crowns
These are 100% porcelain crowns.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Repair, Strengthen, Protect
An onlay falls between a filling and a crown on the restoration spectrum and covers part of the tooth, either one or more cusps or the whole biting surface, preserving more of its structure. A crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, encases the entire visible area of the tooth. Drs. Kaufman and Hamdani take a conservative approach in order to maintain the integrity of the healthy portion of a tooth and will help you decide on the type of restoration that’s best suited to your individual smile needs.
- Severe tooth decay
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Extremely worn teeth
- Restoring a tooth that has very little structure left
- Supporting a large filling
- Securing a dental bridge
- Covering a dental implant
We use Lava crowns, which are the most lifelike restorations available today. They mimic the translucency of real teeth and offer exceptional long-term stability and strength thanks to a zirconia framework. The all-ceramic crowns are matched to the shade of your smile so they look completely natural.
The crown or onlay process typically involves two appointments. At your first appointment, we numb the area with local anesthetic. We can also use sedation techniques if necessary to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable. While you’re numb, we prepare the tooth by removing any decay and, for crowns, trimming it down. We then take extremely accurate impressions and send them to the dental lab so they can fabricate your crown or onlay. In the meantime, we place a temporary restoration.
At your second appointment, we remove the temporary filling or crown, clean your tooth and then carefully place the restoration on you making any necessary adjustments so that it looks natural, matches your tooth color and fits perfectly. When we’re ready, we permanently bond it to your tooth. You’ll care for it just as you would the rest of your teeth and we’ll work with you to make sure it lasts and you’re able to bite, chew and smile with ease.
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