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If a tooth is severely worn, fractured, heavily decayed or has lots of large fillings, it may need a crown also called a “cap.” A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape, size and appearance.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. 

Reasons for Crowns

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Root canal.

Types of Crowns

  • Porcelain Fused to Gold
  • Full Gold
  • All Porcelain
  • All Ceramic

There are several types of crowns that are commonly used.  Today, the modern dental materials and technology used to make crowns are far superior to those used only a few years ago.  They are stronger, more durable, and provide a far better esthetic and cosmetic result. They can last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Ceramic crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

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What Does Getting a Crown Involve?

In most dental offices, a crown procedure usually requires two appointments. The first appointment will include 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 2-3 weeks until the new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, the temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and the bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At the second appointment the temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and the 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.

In our office, most of the crowns that we do are completed in one visit.

Instead of taking messy, uncomfortable molds of your teeth, we use a 3D digital scanner that creates a 3-dimensional, digital reproduction of your mouth.  Using very high tech and complex software, the dentist designs the replacement crown virtually.  The crown is then manufactured at our office while the patient waits.  The crown is then cemented onto the tooth during the same visit.  The materials used to make the crown are very strong, long-lasting and beautiful.  Because the crown is completed in one visit, there is no need for an uncomfortable temporary crown and the patient does not have to come back for a second appointment.

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Initial dental condition in a before photo at Princeton Prosthodontics, soon to be fixed.


Radiant smile in an after photo, achieved by the skilled team at Princeton Prosthodontics.

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Another radiant smile in an after photo, achieved by the skilled team at Princeton Prosthodontics.

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Initial dental condition in a before photo at Princeton Prosthodontics.


Exemplary after photo showcasing a bright, healthy smile, courtesy of Princeton Prosthodontics.

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Pre-treatment image showcasing the need for dental restoration at Princeton Prosthodontics.


Post-treatment photo highlighting the remarkable results of cosmetic dentistry at Princeton Prosthodontics.