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Author: Dr. Herbert Dumfahrt

Posterior Crown Restorations


Posterior crown restorations are dental procedures used to replace defective metal ceramic crowns on teeth 2, 5, and 6. This article will explore the process of posterior crown restorations, including color selection, tooth preparations, gingiva retraction, impression taking, and the final cementation of the restorations. By following these steps, dental professionals can provide patients with easy and fast solutions for their posterior crown restorations.

Color Selection

When replacing metal ceramic crowns, color selection is an important step to ensure a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dentists use the Vita 3D Master color guide, which provides a wide range of shades and intensities to match the patient’s existing teeth. By carefully selecting the appropriate color, the new crown will seamlessly blend with the surrounding dentition.

Tooth Preparations

Before placing the posterior crown restorations, proper tooth preparations are essential for a successful outcome. The defective metal ceramic crowns are carefully removed, and the underlying tooth structure is evaluated. Dentists ensure that any decay or structural damage is thoroughly addressed before proceeding. The teeth are then shaped and contoured to accommodate the new restorations.

Gingiva Retraction

To create space for the posterior crown restorations, gingiva retraction is necessary. This is achieved by using a magic foam cord, which is gently inserted into the gingival sulcus. The cord effectively displaces the gingival tissue, allowing for accurate impression taking and ensuring a precise fit of the final restorations. In some cases, copper caps may be used in conjunction with the foam cord for improved retraction.

Impression Taking

Accurate impressions are crucial for the fabrication of posterior crown restorations. Dental professionals use afeni’s light body and heavy body materials to capture the shape and contours of the prepared teeth. The light body material flows into the fine details, while the heavy body material provides stability and support. Careful attention is given to capturing the exact margins and occlusal relationships.

Restoration Fabrication

Once the impressions are taken, the dental laboratory produces the posterior crown restorations. Highly skilled technicians use advanced techniques and materials to fabricate durable and aesthetically pleasing restorations. The crowns are custom-made to match the patient’s tooth shade and ensure a comfortable fit. Regular communication between the dental office and the laboratory ensures optimal results.


After receiving the final restorations from the dental laboratory, they are ready to be cemented in place. Dentists carefully evaluate the fit and esthetics before proceeding. A suitable cement material, such as resin-based or glass ionomer cement, is selected for the best clinical outcome. The crown is seated on the prepared tooth and firmly pressed into place, ensuring proper alignment and occlusion.


Posterior crown restorations are a reliable and effective solution for replacing defective metal ceramic crowns on teeth 2, 5, and 6. By following the necessary steps, including color selection, tooth preparations, gingiva retraction, impression taking, and cementation, dental professionals can provide their patients with easy and fast restorations. This results in improved aesthetics, function, and patient satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long do posterior crown restorations last?

Posterior crown restorations are designed to be long-lasting. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, they can last for many years.

2. Are posterior crown restorations painful?

No, posterior crown restorations are not painful. Local anesthesia is used during tooth preparations to ensure a comfortable experience for the patient.

3. Can posterior crown restorations be replaced if needed?

Yes, if posterior crown restorations become damaged or worn out over time, they can be replaced with new restorations. Dental professionals will evaluate the condition of the restorations and determine the appropriate course of action.

4. How long does the fabrication of posterior crown restorations take?

The fabrication process typically takes a few weeks. It involves communication between the dental office and the laboratory, precise fabrication techniques, and necessary quality control measures to ensure the best outcome.

5. Are posterior crown restorations covered by dental insurance?

Coverage for posterior crown restorations varies depending on the dental insurance plan. It is recommended to contact the insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for these procedures.

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