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Marshall James Nev, PLC | Porcelain Crowns or Caps in Richmond

Marshall James Ney, DMD, FAAOP

527 W. Main St
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-3761

Porcelain Crowns or Caps

Porcelain Crowns, also called Caps

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 — crowns 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, especially on the corner of the tooth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement of all of the front teeth.
  • Teeth with large areas of decay
  • Large fractured fillings
  • Large discolored fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal. Root canal treated teeth are brittle and will usually fracture if not covered up with a crown.
  • Teeth that have incomplete fractures  — fractures that hurt when you chew on something hard.  The tooth actually looks normal but there is one place that when you bite on something hard, it hurts.

Crowns Used in Dental Bridges

Another Use of Crowns is in Dental Bridges


In the bridge above we have an abutment crown in front of and behind the space. These abutment crowns support the crown which replaces the missing tooth.

In the picture below we see very broken down and decayed teeth. While some of the teeth are hopeless, there are enough teeth to make a bridge which will cover up or replace the decayed teeth.


Here is the same mouth after crowns and bridges were placed


How long do crowns last?

When a crown fails what happens? Well there are several reasons why a crown fails.

  • The most common reason is not the crown but the tooth breaks or becomes decayed under the crown
  • The porcelain fractures or if it is a all porcelain crown, the crown itself breaks.

The insurance companies say you can replace a crown every 5 y ears. However I would be very disappointed if our crowns did not last 2-3 times that long Our practice has placed thousands of crowns and bridges that are 20 years old or longer.

Crown and bridge dentistry is successful when the Dr. and staff pay very close attention to detail. This detail is important through the entire process.

Important areas of concern include but are not limited to:

  • The shape and preparation of the teeth.
  • Making sure you have enough space between the prepared tooth and the tooth it will bite against
  • Impression of the prepared tooth
  • The temporary crown
  •  The laboratory process; our labs are among the best in the state. We have in town labs that we can communicate personally with…not just over the phone. They come right to our office or we go to their lab to discuss your case.
  • The bite is critical not only for the crown or bridge    but in the overall process of making your teeth, jaw muscles, tempromandibular joints and yes the muscles in the back of  your neck work together!   (www.RichmondHeadacheClinic.com)
  • For shades of crowns that are hard to match to adjoining teeth.  Our ceramist comes to the office to take shades and pictures of the adjoining teeth. This way you can communicate directly to him your concerns. The production of excellent dentistry is the cooperation of a team. By the way, you are part of that team.

We look forward to giving you the very best dentistry that our team can provide.

Richmond Dentist | Porcelain Crowns or Caps. Marshall James Ney is a Richmond Dentist.