Porcelain Crowns

 Selective Dentistry - Corona Del Mar - CA Dentist - George Saliba DDS - Cosmetic Dentistry - Porcelain Crowns

Doctor Saliba defines an excellent enhancement as one that is natural.  When someone smiles, you should not see a dark line along the gum line, the tooth shape and size should be symmetrical and in harmony with the rest of the teeth, there should be enough tooth structure or foundation underneath in order to have a proper fit.  A loose fitting crown can be very damaging to the tooth structure.  These are just few of the details involved in having the natural long lasting results you seek.

Today's advancements in the materials used to make porcelain crowns or caps has made them much thinner less bulkier, yet strong, highly durable and lasting for many years.  Material is half the battle when it comes to crowns or caps.  To have a beautiful lasting natural look, it's a combination of proper planning, technique, preperation and finished product. 

Doctor Saliba begins with a combination of thoroughly examining your situation and discussing with you the options, possibilities and the goal you will achieve together.  Dentistry is generally a comfusing subject for most patients, Doctor Saliba prefers to use visual aids such as previous documented cases, photographs and what his patients appreciate the most, custom made casts of their teeth, using wax (wax-ups)he molds and shapes the teeth like an art peice giving the patients a first hand look at their enhanced smile prior to their scheduled treatment.

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 usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include the preperation of the tooth structure and 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.

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.