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Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain Veneers
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Sealants
Silver Fillings
White Fillings
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Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are used to restore heavily filled teeth and broken teeth.These custom fabricated, ceramic or glass coated metal castings, fit precisely over a specially shaped tooth, and when cemented in place, have a life expectancy upward of 20 years.

Once a crown is placed, changing the color is not possible because bleach has no effect on porcelain. This is why it is very important to consider bleaching natural teeth before placing crowns next to them. If teeth are bleached to a desired shade of white, then matching a new crown to the bleached teeth will work perfectly.

Frozen confections like popsicles, chewing ice cubes, and crushing lifesaver candy types are to be avoided.

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FAQ
Q: When should a tooth be crowned?

A: When a tooth has been treated with a root canal, the blood supply to the tooth is removed and the tooth no longer receives essential nutrients. This weakened tooth is the first indication for a crown.

Q: What about broken teeth?

A: Usually if the tooth is broken so badly that it is mostly filling when restored, it is more successfully treated with a crown rather than a large filling. On back teeth, if a cusp or “chewing tip” breaks off, this is an indication to crown the tooth. On front teeth, if an incisal edge breaks off, this is also an indication for a crown.