All-Ceramic crowns are cosmetic dental restorations used to cap or completely cover the top of the tooth.
All-Ceramic crowns are translucent and are the most natural-looking tooth replacement. Only All-Ceramic crowns have a translucency that looks like a natural tooth. An All-Ceramic dental crown can be the best choice for restoring a front tooth that is cracked or broken or a badly damaged tooth 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 a flawless 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.
All-Ceramic Crown Placement Procedure Time Frame
- Time to complete: Doc Kelly usually requires two dental visits to install a crown.
- 1st procedure visit: Doc Kelly makes an impression of the tooth and immediate gumline. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. Doc Kelly removes the natural crown and shapes the remaining 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: Doc Kelly will replace the temporary crown and cement the finished permanent crown onto the tooth.
Disadvantages of All-Ceramic crowns
All-Ceramic crowns are not as strong as porcelain fused to metal crowns or gold dental crowns. All-Ceramic Crowns require bonding to the existing tooth and a dentist with expertise in this procedure. Doc Kelly is highly skilled in designing and placing All-Ceramic dental crowns correctly the first time.
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 made of ceramic glass, have no metal, and are sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium.
Restorations must withstand tremendous force. Doc Kelly's success with dental restorations comes from engineering the crown to withstand biting and chewing forces over time. Doc prepares teeth with longevity in mind; dental work built correctly will last. You have Doc's guarantee.
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 are considered to be the best non-cosmetic crown for posterior molars. Several types of dental crowns and caps, including inlays and onlays, are used in dental restoration.
Doc Kelly will help you decide which crown is most appropriate to achieve the strongest and the most natural-looking dental restoration to complement your smile.