13 07 porcelain crownsDescription: Not all teeth can be fitted with veneers. If you have a tooth that is broken, has a large filling or has had previous root canal work, your dentist will likely suggest a porcelain crown, because it completely covers the tooth. In the case of a molar, porcelain crowns are strong enough that they don't have to be bonded to metal, as was previously done in this area.

How it's done: At the first visit, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic and prepare the tooth — replacing the existing filling, for example — r to make a base for the crown. A temporary acrylic crown is then placed on the tooth and used as a prototype. The permanent crown is fabricated in a dental lab and then applied during your second visit.

Complications: Gums may be sensitive or tender for a couple of days, but there is usually no pain or after-effects.

A porcelain crown generally lasts from 10 to 15 years. Avoid hard candy and abrasive toothpaste.

Recovery: One day.

Cost: Up to $1350/tooth.

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