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All-Ceramic Crowns ,Another option for dental crowns

All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are becoming a more and more popular option among patients as an accepted solution for the restoration and protection of teeth. A primary reason is one we have all been waiting for – they mimic healthy dentures and are almost indiscernible from them!

Interested ? Read on:

Before we go into more detail let's begin with some basics:

What is a dental crown for?

Dental crowns (also known as caps) are normally used to help restore teeth. However, they are also used in assisting the protection and strengthening of existing teeth so as to preserve a tooth’s functionality. They may be needed in the event of one of the following instances:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been seriously worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling - when there is not a lot of the tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

What materials can crowns be made from?

Over the years, technological advancements in dentistry have gradually developed to ensure excellent modern day solutions for patients. Some materials and techniques once used have become obsolete and newly invented ones have come to replace them. As such dental crowns today are made from a wide variety of materials. They can be metal, ceramic, or even porcelain fused to metal.

Crowns made purely from metal however are a poor choice for highly visible teeth because of their metallic colour. Nevertheless, all metal crowns are an ideal option for molars or back teeth since they are very durable. Porcelain, fused to base metal crowns are more pleasing in appearance than metal but less strong and also can begin to show dark gum lines over time.

In comparison to the aforementioned; crowns made solely from ceramic represent the best choice for a natural cosmetic look as they are a perfect choice for front teeth. Mainly because with no metal, no discolouration appears when the gums thin out over time. All the same they are not recommended for back teeth since ceramic or porcelain are not designed to support a lot of pressure from biting and chewing.

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Why have times changed and more and more people asking for crowns made from non metal?
In the past crowns were traditionally only made from gold or stainless steel but when technology and materials become more advanced and people became more and more conscious about their appearance i.e. smiles, the demand for metal crowns began to disappear.

Thereafter, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns became the preferred option for over two decades, Before all-ceramic crowns were invented as a better option for those with metal allergies and also as a more pleasing aesthetic solution.

Pros and Cons of All-Ceramic Crowns

  • Pro: Compared to porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic crowns are more aesthetic in appearance. For as previously mentioned the metal base can reveal its dark colour when the porcelain gets thinner. Even finally developing a dark line at the margin where the edge of the crown meets the tooth.
  • Con: All-ceramic crowns require more tooth reduction.
  • Pro: Ceramic materials are very strong and fracture resistant.
  • Con: This means they can be quite abrasive against opposing teeth.

All-Ceramic Crowns vs Porcelain Veneers

All-ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers are almost identical. Slightly different in shape, all-ceramic crowns will cover all the surfaces of a tooth where as a porcelain veneer covers only the front surface (those facing the lips and cheeks). Both of them have unique advantages and limitations that make them appropriate for treating specific dental concerns. All-ceramic or porcelain crowns can help improve both the appearance and function of the teeth. Whereas porcelain veneers generally address only cosmetic concerns and are used to solve only minor problems. However, in choosing to use a porcelain veneer, the tooth surface will be less trimmed as it will be applied to less of the surface of the natural tooth.

What does the procedure of having all-ceramic crowns fitted involve?

Once you have finished the consultation process and discussed with the dentist all the treatment options. If it is decided you require an all-ceramic crown, your dentist will prepare your tooth for your dental crown by reshaping it under a local anaesthetic to allow the crown to sit comfortably over the top of it. Then the model or impression of your teeth will be taken and given to a technician for fabrication. During this time, your prepared tooth will be covered and protected by a temporary crown. Your all-ceramic crown is then fabricated in the lab and cemented into place at the clinic by the dentist after it has finished.

Contact and consult our professional dentists below for information and before you make any decisions regarding these highly skilled procedures.

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How long it will take

The dental veneer procedure can often be completed in two dental visits over a week period. The first is the examination stage; that means any oral health concerns will be examined before you and your dentist select the best veneer option and perform color matching. Once the examination process is completed and the customized plan designed, treatment begins.

The treatment procedure has two phases, 1) preparation, then 2) bonding. First, some of the outer enamel surface of your tooth may be removed (in an amount that is nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface), to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later (a local anesthetic may need to numb the area during this process). Then a model or impression of your tooth will be made and taken to a dental technician who will fabricate your veneer. A few days later, your dentist will temporarily place your custom made veneer to check for fit and color. When you are satisfied with your new veneer, and no adjustments are needed, the veneer will be permanently bonded onto your tooth with a special adhesive.

Phuket Cosmetic Dental Clinic
16/1 Hongyok-U-Thit Rd., Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: +66 (0) 76 236 823
Fax: +66 (0) 76 236 824

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