All-Porcelain Crowns for Strength and Beauty
What happens when a tooth endures chips, cracks, fractures, or suffers from extensive tooth decay? When the structure of your tooth has become compromised, you may benefit from a dental crown. Also known as a “cap,” a dental crown reinforces the tooth, and protects the remnants of your natural tooth structure. Drawing on their training and years of experience, Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass will ensure proper design, fit, and quality of your restoration, so your smile will sparkle.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the visible portion of your tooth. Crowns are designed to be strong and natural looking restorations that can last for decades. As mentioned above, dental crowns are excellent for repairing damaged or decayed teeth, and for restoring teeth following a root canal procedure. Dental crowns also serve a number of cosmetic functions, preserving the beauty of your smile. Crowns are a versatile restorative dental solution, and have a number of applications besides capping a broken or decayed tooth, including:
- Covering abutment teeth to secure a dental bridge in place
- Hiding severe stains and other significant cosmetic flaws when a patient does not qualify for veneers
- Capping a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
What are Dental Crowns Made Of?
At Councill Dental Group, we believe every patient deserves a customized approach to restorative dentistry. The type of material used to make your crown will depend on your specific needs. With access to an array of materials and advanced dental technology, we offer a number of materials for creating durable and esthetically pleasing dental crowns, such as:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: Fused with metal for increased strength, PFM crowns can be shaded to blend with surrounding teeth. These crowns typically take a month to complete and are very strong.
- Zirconia: A solid porcelain alternative to PFM, zirconia is opaque and comes in 5 different shades. Like PFM, these crowns are very strong. We often recommend them for replacing the posterior teeth that must endure powerful bite forces, or for people who tend to grind or clench their teeth.
- eMax porcelain: eMax crowns are very strong and can be placed on either anterior or posterior teeth. They are translucent, so they mimic the appearance of natural teeth. This is the material of choice for our one-visit crowns.
- Empress porcelain: Our most lifelike crown, empress porcelain is very attractive, but not as strong as the other varieties. For this reason, we typically use this material for the creation of veneers, or purely cosmetic crowns.
Placing Dental Crowns
At your first appointment, either Dr. Councill or Dr. Glass will prepare the damaged tooth, and take impressions of the surrounding teeth and opposing teeth. For crowns made using zirconia, PFM, or empress porcelain, the impressions are sent to a dental lab where skilled technicians create your customized permanent crown. At the end of the first appointment, we will bond a temporary crown into place. Once the permanent crown returns from the lab, your second visit will consist of checking the permanent crown for fit. If required, Dr. Councill or Dr. Glass will make any necessary adjustments. After bonding the crown into place, you will leave the office with a fully functional new tooth.
Crowns in One Visit
For patients receiving one-visit crowns, the procedure will be a little different. After preparing the tooth, we will take digital impressions and photographs. These materials will be uploaded into a computer to create an accurate 3D image. Using this 3D image, Dr. Councill or Dr. Glass can make any adjustments before our innovative CEREC machine mills the tooth from a solid block of eMax porcelain. Once the restoration is complete, they will check the fit and bond the crown into place. The entire procedure can be completed in one visit.