The different techniques used to restore teeth function and improve their appearance are considered the most common procedures of cosmetic dentistry. Among the most demanded and traditional procedures, the dental crowns and bridges ( please follow the link to read more on Bridge on root canals) can be included.
Dental crowns are defined by experts as fixed prosthetic devices which are placed over a tooth to restore it. By using a dental crown, the dentist can restore a tooth’s shape, size, alignment, strength or improve its appearance.
Dental crowns can also be used to cover an implant and give it a more natural appearance and improve its functionality. Due to their popularity and success, there are many types of materials available to create dental crowns; for example, gold, metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic.
What are the Ceramic Crowns?
According to WebMD experts, the Ceramic Crowns are, as their name says, a type of cosmetic crowns which are only made with ceramic (a glass-like substance) and not like other traditional types of crowns which are made with fusions between porcelain and some metals. Therefore, they are also known as All-Ceramic Crowns.
The experts in this area say that the success of ceramic crowns is due to the fact that ceramic is a translucent material which produces a very attractive result and match with the other teeth, so the crown looks very natural and, in most cases, the rest of the people do not notice it.
Is There Just One Type of Ceramic Crown?
Nowadays, there are two main types of ceramic crowns available, Zirconia and E-Max crowns and each one of them has its advantages and disadvantages. Emax veneers are a type of all-ceramic dental crowns that have offer the same benefits that traditional veneers, but with extra strength, durability and a translucent color, which allows the patient to achieve the best, long-lasting and more natural results.
On the other hand, Zirconia crowns are in fact a variety of low viscosity ceramic that is applied to the teeth surface to form a thin film and restore the teeth surface. They can also be used to increase the strength of dental restorations with crowns, bridges and implant abutments.
Likewise, there are many brand names that fabricate ceramic crowns, such as Cerec, ProCad, Dicor, Cerapearl, BruxZir, IPS e.max, Optec, Empress, Procera, Inceram, among others.
Why Must I Use Ceramic Crowns?
You may need to use ceramic crowns over a weak tooth to protect it and to prevent it from breaking, to restore a tooth that has broken already or that it has worn down, to bring support to a thin tooth with a large fill, to bring support to dental bridges, to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, to cover a dental implant, among others.
Likewise, some experts say that you can also use a ceramic crown just to perform a cosmetic modification. However, to obtain just aesthetic modifications, the dentist may recommend other procedures as ceramic veneers.
What are the Advantages of Using Ceramic Crowns Instead of the Traditional Ones?
As it was said before, the main advantage of using ceramic crowns is the fact that the final result of the procedure is much more attractive than the result produced by traditional crowns. Likewise, there is a variety of ceramic colors that can be chosen by the dentist and the patient to match with the other teeth.
The advantage all-ceramic crowns also have is that for people who are allergic to metal, and traditional crowns are contraindicated, these ceramic crowns can be used. Finally, the ceramic crowns have the important advantage that they can be used in both front and back teeth, so the dentist can restore the entire smile.
How are the Ceramic Crowns Created?
To guarantee a perfect match between the ceramic crown and the other teeth, the dentists use a dental impression of the other teeth and create a crown with the technology available, like CAD/CAM technology (which uses 3D designs), laser and 3D printers.
How Much does a Ceramic Crown Cost?
The cost of a ceramic crown can widely vary according to the number of crowns that will be used, the size of the crowns, the type of restoration that the patient needs, the number of sessions that will be needed to finish the procedure, the need for additional treatments, among others.
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