Porcelain Dental Crowns in Loveland, CO

Do You Need a Porcelain Dental Crown?

Porcelain dental crowns restore and enhance the appearance of damaged, discolored, or misaligned teeth. Dental crowns have helped several patients achieve the durable, stunning smiles they deserve.

Learn more about a porcelain tooth crown with our Loveland, CO dentist, and see how they can help you restore your natural tooth and surrounding teeth by calling Dr. Andrew Howard and the Center for Advanced Dentistry team at (970) 669-3918

What Are Porcelain Crowns?

dentist matching shade of patient's smile with model teethPorcelain crowns cover the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth. They’re custom-crafted to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, and can restore the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. Porcelain is a ceramic material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel in color and translucence. It’s favored for its aesthetic qualities, especially for front teeth or any visible teeth when smiling or talking.

Types of Porcelain Crowns

  • Full Porcelain/Ceramic Crowns: These are fully made of porcelain. They offer the best natural color match than any other crown type and are often more suitable for people with metal allergies.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) Crowns: These have a metal base or interior with porcelain on the outside. This combination offers strength (from the metal) and aesthetics (from the porcelain). One potential downside is that the metal can sometimes show as a thin dark line at the gum line.

Benefits of Porcelain Tooth Crowns

Porcelain crowns offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Durability: Porcelain crowns are known for their strength and durability, and can withstand the daily wear and tear of chewing and speaking.
  • Aesthetics: Porcelain can mimic the appearance of natural teeth, and porcelain crowns are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth for a natural-looking smile.
  • Stain-Resistance: Porcelain is resistant to staining, which means your porcelain crowns will remain bright and white over time.
  • Versatility: A porcelain crown can be used to address a range of dental issues, from chipped and cracked teeth to misshapen or discolored teeth.

Drawbacks of Porcelain Crowns

While porcelain crowns offer many benefits, there are also some drawbacks to consider, including:

  • Cost: Porcelain crowns can be more expensive than other types of dental restorations, such as composite fillings or metal crowns.
  • Sensitivity: Some people may experience increased sensitivity after getting a porcelain crown.
  • Potential for Chipping: While porcelain is durable, it’s not indestructible. Porcelain crowns can chip or crack if they’re exposed to excessive force or trauma.

The Porcelain Crown Process

Consultation and Evaluation

During this appointment, your dentist in Loveland, CO will evaluate your teeth and discuss your treatment goals and options. They may take X-rays or impressions of your teeth to help plan the treatment.

Tooth Preparation

Once you and your dentist have decided on porcelain crowns as the best solution, the next step is to prepare the affected teeth. Dr. Howard will remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape it to fit the crown. This may involve removing some of the enamel from the tooth’s surface.


After your tooth has been prepared, we’ll take an impression or mold of the tooth. This impression will be used to create a custom-fit porcelain crown that matches the size and shape of your natural tooth.

Temporary Crown

While your custom crown is being crafted in a dental lab, your Loveland, CO dentist will fit you with a temporary crown. This will protect the prepared tooth and maintain your bite and tooth alignment while the permanent crown is being made.

Crown Placement

Once your custom porcelain crown is ready, you’ll return to the dentist’s office for the final placement. Dr. Howard will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent porcelain crown, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance.


After your porcelain crown has been placed, schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the crown is functioning properly and to check for any sensitivity or discomfort. With proper care and maintenance, your porcelain crown can last for many years to come.

Porcelain Crown Alternatives

happy coupleThe right choice of dental treatment will depend on your specific dental needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget. Here are some potential alternatives to a dental crown procedure for tooth decay:

  • Composite Resin: Composite is a tooth-colored filling material that can be used in certain situations instead of a crown. Composite fillings can restore a tooth that has a significant amount of structure missing, but they may not offer the same level of strength and durability as crowns. They’re often more affordable than a dental crown.
  • Gold Crowns: Gold is one of the oldest materials used for dental crowns. It’s durable, non-abrasive, and requires less tooth reduction than porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Some people prefer the appearance of gold, especially for back teeth, while others do not like the metallic look.
  • Zirconia Crowns: Zirconia is a type of ceramic that’s known for its durability and strength. These crowns are tooth-colored and can be a good option for people who want both aesthetics and strength. They’re also metal-free, which can be advantageous for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities.
  • CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) Crowns: This is a system that allows dentists to design, fabricate, and place a crown in just one visit. The crown is made from a block of ceramic material and is designed using computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. These are also known as same-day crowns.
  • Onlays or Inlays: Rather than cover the entire tooth, onlays or inlays only replace a portion of the tooth. They can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin and might be suitable for teeth that don’t require full coverage but have too much damage for a simple filling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Discover if Porcelain Crowns Are Right For You

With proper care and maintenance, porcelain crowns can provide a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing solution to a range of dental issues. 

Call (970) 669-3918 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Longmont, Fort Collins, and Greeley, CO, to experience this advanced detour from traditional crowns.