Porcelain Dental Crowns
A dental crown (commonly called a “cap”) is needed when a tooth is badly decayed or fractured. In fact, crowns are proactively recommended for weakened teeth as a preventive measure. When a crown is placed on a weakened or fractured tooth, it provides the strength needed to be able to chew effectively without causing further damage to the tooth. The crown fits completely around and on top of the tooth, offering a weakened tooth the support it needs.
When a front tooth is just slightly chipped or cracked, the problem is primarily a cosmetic one that can be addressed with conservative treatments such as porcelain veneers and bonding. With more severe tooth damage, whether it occurs as a result of advanced tooth decay or an injury sustained during an accident, the tooth can be extremely weakened. Not only will the tooth be unsightly in appearance, but there may be severe pain and inability to chew.
Cosmetic crowns not only repair badly damaged teeth, but also can be used to cosmetically straighten teeth, reshape poorly developed teeth and mask unsightly discolorations. Advances in porcelain technology have provided us with all-ceramic materials that are not only highly esthetic, but are quite durable and strong. Modern all-ceramic materials are the “state-of-the-art” for restoring natural look and function to your smile. Tooth colored all-ceramic crowns blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. All-ceramic restorations combine strength and beauty unlike any other dental restorative material. Now we can help patients achieve life-like, natural-looking smiles that will last!
Why all-ceramic material? The answer is easy:
Restorations made of all ceramic do not contain metal. This allows light to shine through them as it does through natural teeth. All-ceramic materials stand out for their:
• Highly esthetic and natural appearance
• Long-lasting quality and durability
• Unlimited range of colors to exactly match your adjacent teeth
Crowns Can be Placed Over Implants:
Dental Crowns are not only used to protect and beautify the natural teeth, but are also used on top of dental implants. After placing the implant in the site where the tooth is missing, it is given the necessary time to heal and strongly fuse to the bone. Next, a porcelain crown is placed on the top of the implant to beautifully replace the missing tooth and restore complete function.
The two-step process for dental crowns involves:
- Reshaping of the tooth and making a model of it during the first visit.
- The second appointment, 2-3 weeks later is used to place the crown and fine tune the bite and fit.
The results will look and feel similar to a natural tooth.