Types of ceramic or full-porcelain crownsTooth crowns are not all the same, and different types are mentioned here. Contact Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry – Dr. Dennis Wells at 105 Powell Ct Ste 101 Nashville, TN 37027. Make an appointment to determine which type of crown is right for you.
- Feldspathic porcelain is the most common type used and is thought to be the most beautiful.
- Empress tooth crown looks almost like glass although it’s ceramic.
- Procera crown is a bit of a hybrid. It is made with a ceramic inside along with traditional porcelain on the outside and is very strong.
- Lava crown is made with translucent Zirconia on the inside and looks beautiful due to a baked outside layer.
- Zirconia crowns look very natural and do not reveal a black line that other crowns at the gum line.
- Emax crowns are a popular current type.
Advantages of these crowns
- They are transparent and natural with an aesthetic appeal
- There are no allergic reactions with a reduced sensitivity
- Great alignment inside your mouth
- Any final form correction is possible
- Best for patients who have reduced space but want a natural look
- The overall procedure can be complicated and expensive
- They can be less durable than other types and vulnerable to cracking
The ProcedureThe procedure for fitting these crowns is similar to that of any other crown:
- The tooth needs to be cleaned, reshaped, and prepared for treatment.
- The tooth is also a little tapered so that the crown can snugly fit on top.
- Using dental putty, an impression of the tooth is taken.
- This mold is then sent to the lab to fabricate a new crown.
- In the meantime, the patient gets a temporary.
- A period of 2-3 weeks is required before the crown is ready.
- Then the patient’s tooth is fitted with the new crown.
- Your dentist roughs up the surface to make a solid fit.
- After the desired fitting is obtained, the crown is firmly fixed with the help of dental cement.
- Care must be taken to avoid grinding, biting into hard foodstuffs, and clenching.