All-Ceramic Crowns Restore Front Teeth to a Natural Attractive Appearance
All-ceramic porcelain dental crowns offer a natural looking solution for a broken tooth, cracked tooth, or teeth that are too badly damaged to be corrected with fillings or veneers.
Ceramic crowns can be made in different shades of white that will match your surrounding teeth and other cosmetic dental work.
Incorporating dental bonding and dental veneers with all-ceramic crowns potentially can restore any smile.
All-Ceramic Dental Crowns Procedure Overview
Crowns are fitted as part of a two stage process. During your first visit, your tooth is evaluated using x-rays to determine the amount of damage that needs to be repaired.
We color match the new crown to the right shade of your surrounding teeth. Your tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel around and across the top so it can support the crown.
A dental mold is made of the treated tooth, the opposing and adjacent teeth, and then sent to our dental lab for fabrication. You will be fitted with a temporary acrylic crown.
When your dental crown arrives, it will be bonded to your tooth using a strong dental cement and polished. The restored tooth looks natural and feels comfortable when biting and chewing.
A local anesthetic is generally used during both the preparation and installation phases. Sedation dentistry options are also available.
Dental Restoration Materials
These restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium.
We provide Empress, Procera, and Lava all-ceramic crown systems, as well as computer aided all-ceramic designed crowns.
Feldspathic porcelain is the standard, traditional porcelain that is used for crowns. Many cosmetic dentists feel that this is the most beautiful porcelain.
Types of Porcelain Used In Creating Crowns:
- Empress strictly speaking, is not a porcelain, but more like a glass. Empress can be called a ceramic material. The Empress material is cast rather than baked as a feldspathic porcelain crown is. The fit of Empress is more precise than the baked feldspathic porcelain. However, the color in Empress is mostly baked on the outside. Empress can be very beautiful. For appearance's sake, some expert cosmetic dentists prefer the feldspathic porcelain, and some prefer the Empress.
- Lava Zirconia is a milled ceramic on the inside with a more traditional porcelain baked onto the outside. The advantage of Lava is its exceptional strength. However, the milled ceramic core is opaque white, so many cosmetic dentists feel that it isn't as natural-looking as the more translucent materials. An advantage of Lava is that it doesn't need to be bonded to the tooth, it can be cemented with ordinary crown and bridge cement.
- e.max is a lithium disilicate glass ceramic that has optimized translucency, durability and strength for full anatomical restorations. Due to the use of new technologies and optimized processing parameters, e.max lithium disilicate has evolved beyond previously available lithium disilicate ceramics. e.max crowns can be cemented using conventional or adhesive cement techniques.
- Procera is similar to Lava, but the milled ceramic on the inside is a more translucent alumina, rather than an opaque white material. The alumina is shaded, and then the final esthetics of the crown are achieved in the baked-on outer layer. The Procera crown can also be cemented with traditional techniques. However, any crown cemented with a traditional crown and bridge cement is going to be susceptible to a compromise in the appearance if that cement line ever shows.
Dr. Garelick will chose the best materials for your restoration.
Are All Ceramic Crowns The Best Choice?
Porcelain fused to gold offers a great cosmetic option for rear molars when strength of the restoration and aesthetics are both a concern. We offer several Dental Crowns and Caps restorative options. Dr. Garelick will help you decide which system is the most appropriate to achieve the strongest and the most natural looking crowns for your smile.
Restore your smile.