How Does A Porcelain Crown Fix A Tooth?

Nov 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Restorative Dentistry

hilltopcrownDo you wish your tooth looked better? If you have a malformed or misshapen tooth then a restoration may be necessary to improve your smile. In order to repair your tooth the doctor may suggest a porcelain crown. How does a porcelain crown fix a tooth? What do we need to know about our restoration options?

When Do We Need One?

The doctor recommends one for a tooth that needs major restoration. Common scenarios include:

  • A chipped or fractured tooth
  • A misshapen or malformed tooth
  • Teeth with permanent discoloration
  • Missing teeth (anchoring dental bridges or restoring dental implants)
  • Infected teeth (completing a root canal treatment)
  • Severe tooth decay

The doctor will examine your smile to identify the factors behind your decayed/infected/otherwise-damaged teeth. From there, the doctor can recommend a crown to address the cosmetic concerns and improve the tooth’s function.

Why Porcelain?

For years, metal crowns were the only option for restoring a smile. However, we provide an all-porcelain alternative. This is because these are strong, stain-resistant, and can provide a natural looking restoration. As a result, your newly repaired teeth will blend seamlessly with the smile. Unlike metal options, these will not change shape with time and are safe for patients of all ages, even those with metal allergies.

What Does Placing One Involve?

First, the doctor will need to prepare the tooth. This involves removing tooth structure. Then, the doctor will take digital impressions with an intraoral camera. These images will be used by our E4D system to fabricate a dental restoration. The doctor then checks the fit and makes any necessary adjustments before placing. With E4D, we can create and place a crown in a single visit, saving our patients time and money. If you have any questions about our porcelain restorations then contact our office today.


Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled general and cosmetic dentist who proudly serves patients of all ages from Richmond, CA, and surrounding areas, such as Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental as soon as possible by calling us at (510) 758-7222.

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