All-porcelain crowns have an amazingly natural look. They reflect light
just like a real tooth, plus porcelain will not stain like natural teeth.
Crowns are used when large fillings wear out, when a tooth is cracked, or when making cosmetic improvements to the teeth. A filling cannot strengthen a tooth, and sometimes there is not even enough tooth structure for a bonded onlay.
A crown is placed over a tooth, replacing most of its enamel. It surrounds the tooth, giving it strength and providing a strong, durable biting surface.
Crowns were once only made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Common appearance problems with old PFM crowns included gray or black lines at the gum and a dull, flat, fake color. But now, with stronger ceramics and improved adhesives, crowns can be made entirely of porcelain.
Placing a crown requires two office visits. During the first visit, any decayed material is removed and the teeth are shaped to receive the crown. After taking an impression of the prepared tooth, a temporary crown is placed for the short time it takes the lab to create the permanent crown. On the second visit, the temporary crown is replaced with the permanent crown and the bite is checked and adjusted if needed.
The crown and its bond to the supporting tooth are extremely strong. You will be able to use the crowned tooth exactly as you would any other tooth.