All-Porcelain Last Resort for Natural Teeth
- Vibrant Color
- Strengthens Tooth
- Replaces Enamel
- No Metal
- 2-Visit Procedure
Because so much of the tooth has to be removed to place a crown,
conservative 21st Century Dentistry tries to avoid them. However, when
necessary, we only use all-porcelain crowns.
Crowns are used when large fillings wear out, when a tooth is cracked, or when making cosmetic improvements to the teeth. A filling cannot strengthen a tooth, and sometimes there is not even enough tooth structure for a bonded onlay.
A crown is placed over a tooth, replacing most of its enamel. It surrounds the tooth, giving it strength and providing a strong, durable biting surface.
Crowns were once made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Common appearance problems with old PFM crowns include gray or black lines at the gum and a dull, flat, fake color. But now, with stronger ceramics and improved adhesives, crowns can be made entirely of porcelain.
All-porcelain crowns have an amazingly natural look.
Placing a crown requires two office visits. During the first visit, any decayed material is removed and the teeth are shaped to receive the crown. After taking an impression of the prepared tooth, the dentist places a temporary crown for the short time it takes the lab to create the permanent crown. On the second visit, the temporary crown is replaced by the permanent crown and checked for fit and bite .
The crown and its bond to the supporting tooth are extremely strong. You will be able to use the crowned tooth exactly as you would any other tooth.
The photos on the previous page show an old PFM crown replaced with a new all-porcelain bonded crown. Notice the vitality and naturalness of the new crown. It actually looks like a real tooth. The other teeth were restored with bonded onlays.