Fillings are best used when a small portion of the tooth needs coverage. However, sometimes larger areas need coverage and protection. This is when your dentist in Edna TX may suggest the placement of a porcelain crown or “cap.” This restoration is designed to encase the entire visible parts of the tooth, providing a brand new outer surface. This is done for large areas of decay or breakage that cannot be repaired with a simple filling. This protective shell is bonded over the tooth’s structure to provide strength and a more beautiful appearance. It can help in restoring the tooth to its original shape and appearance. Most crowns are fabricated with porcelain to achieve a natural look and function.
Porcelain crowns require multiple visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the tooth is reshaped with the removal of a portion of the enamel. Impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory to create the permanent crown. During this time, a temporary crown is bonded in place until the next visit where the permanent crown is fitted.