Ceramic Dental Crowns

Apr 19, 2015

I often get asked “are all ceramic dental crowns the same?”
Not that long ago, if you were unfortunate to break a front tooth, say in a bike accident at age 8, it was not uncommon for the dentist to perform a root canal and when you turned 18-20 years old add a crown on the tooth.

Fortunately, there have been many changes in the techniques and materials used in ceramic dental crowns over the last decade. It all had to do with the materials available.

Porcelain crown, metal core
The most popular technique for crowning teeth 10 to 15 years ago involved the use of porcelain layered over a metal core. After some time, it was common for the metal to show through so the dentist needed the person to have stopped growing so the metal line did not show.

Guess what? Unfortunately it often still did. How many people do you know, or have seen with a dark line right next to their gum when they laugh? Not a good look (but it can be easily fixed).

What about metal free crowns?
The next generation of dental ceramics no longer required a metal core. While this moved the technology forward these materials still had their limitations.

  • They were terribly opaque and would often look like fake teeth.
  • Some of them were not ‘tolerated’ by the gums that well either.

Is it possible to have long lasting, natural looking dental crowns or veneers?
Yes! After almost 15 years of working with various materials, and literally having performed hundreds of crowns and veneers, I am now confident that with the German designed CEREC technology that we use along with the latest generation of ceramic dental materials, we can deliver beautiful natural looking teeth that are long-lasting. These treatments normally require a single appointment.

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