Johnnie D. Gross, DDS
Family Laser Dental Center
(413) 267-5432
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Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

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, because they resemble your natural teeth.  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 or your teeth giving you a natural, 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 is completed in one 90 minute visit.  No more conventional impressions, temporaries and long waiting periods. CEREC is a sophisticated CAD/CAM system for the production of metal-free, tooth-colored crowns.

While the tooth is numb, Dr. Gross prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Then a 3D image of the tooth is created. The crown is designed on the monitor of the CEREC acquisition unit. After the crown is designed, you can watch while it is milled right here in our office in just a few minutes. Your crown can be placed immediately.

Your permanent crown is polished in our on-site lab and permanently bonded directly to your tooth.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.