CROWNS: A dental crown is a cap placed over the top of a tooth to restore the tooth. For a weak, decayed, or cracked tooth, a dental crown ensures stability and restores functionality. For a misshapen or discolored tooth, a dental crown reconstructs the tooth for a beautiful smile. Many dental crowns are made of porcelain. These porcelain crowns are durable and can match the color and translucent quality of your original teeth.

  • The Procedure for Porcelain Crowns: Dr. Zimmermann will perform an examination including reviewing x-rays of the affected area and determine if a dental crown is needed.The original tooth is filed down to make room for the new porcelain crown. If a large portion of the tooth is missing, the dentist may build up the small tooth with filling material.An impression of the filed down tooth and surrounding teeth is made to enable proper sizing of the porcelain crown and assure bite is not affected.A temporary dental crown is placed over the tooth to cover and protect the tooth while the porcelain crown is being made. Dr. Zimmermann and his assistant will match the porcelain crown to the color shade of the other teeth. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the dental crown is manufactured. After a few weeks, the temporary dental crown is removed and the new porcelain crown is cemented into place. After placement of the new porcelain crown, good oral hygiene is recommended to keep the underlying tooth from decaying.