All-Ceramic crowns are cosmetic dental restorations used to cap or completely cover a tooth being restored.
All-Ceramic crowns are translucent and are the most naturally looking tooth replacement. Only All-Ceramic crowns have such translucency.
The All-Ceramic crown can be the best choice for restoring a front tooth that is cracked or broken, or a tooth that is badly damaged and cannot be corrected with a veneer. All-Ceramic crowns offer natural looking dental restorations that are color matched to the surrounding teeth.
Cosmetic bonding and dental veneering are procedures sometimes used with All-Ceramic crowns to provide an unblemished natural look to a smile. These procedures can be used to restore both the strength and beauty of adjacent less damaged teeth that do not require All-Ceramic crowns.
Dental Crown Placement Procedure Time Frame
- Time to complete - Dr. Clausen usually requires two dental visits to install a crown.
- 1st procedure visit - Dr. Clausen makes an impression of the tooth and immediate gum-line. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. Dr. Clausen removes the natural crown and either shapes the tooth or prepares a dental implant for the crown to be fitted over it. A temporary crown is provided until the permanent crown is ready.
- 2nd visit - Dr. Clausen will replace the temporary crown and cement the finished permanent crown onto the tooth.
Disadvantages of All-Ceramic crowns
All-Ceramic Crowns require bonding to the existing tooth, and a dentist with expertise in this procedure. Dr. Clausen is highly skilled in both designing and placing All-Ceramic dental crowns correctly the first time. All-Ceramic crowns are not as strong as porcelain fused to a metal crowns or gold dental crowns.
Dental work and service life
All-Ceramic crowns generally last about fifteen years. With good oral hygiene most crowns last longer. All-Ceramic crown restorations are totally made of ceramic glass, have no metal, and are sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium.
Restorations must withstand tremendous force. Dr. Clausen's success with dental restorations comes from engineering the crown to withstand biting and chewing force over time. He prepares teeth with longevity in mind; dental work that is built correctly, so it will last.
Dental crowns can be damaged by habits such as fingernail biting, chewing ice, and teeth grinding.
Other dental crown options
Porcelain fused to a metal crown offers an excellent option for mid-back teeth when the strength of the restoration and aesthetics are of concern. Gold dental crowns are the strongest type of crown and considered to be the best non cosmetic crown for rear molars. There are several types of dental crowns and caps including inlays, and onlays that can be used in dental restoration.
Dr. Clausen will help you decide which crown is most appropriate to achieve the strongest and the most natural looking tooth to complement your smile.