As we age, many of us find ourselves with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel are all things that can lead to large scale defects in a tooth's surface. A dental crown is needed when a tooth is badly broken down - either a cusp has broken off, or there are large old fillings or a large portion of decay. A filling is used to fill a small portion of the tooth - a crown when the tooth has extensive damage. There are basically two types of crowns, those all porcelain/ceramic (metal free) crowns and porcelain fused to metal crowns.
A porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown is a hybrid between an all-metal crown and an all-porcelain crown. When being manufactured, our dental technician will make a shell of metal (substructure) that is custom-fitted for your affected tooth. A layer of porcelain is then fused over this metal, giving the crown a white and tooth-like appearance. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have the advantages of having a nearly natural appearance from the porcelain, and the strength and stability provided by the underlying metal. They are stronger than all-porcelain crowns but are more prone to fracture compared to an all-metal crown.
An all-porcelain dental crown can make your new tooth both strong and beautiful. This tissue-friendly crown recreates the strength and natural beauty of your tooth. Due to the strength in the modified core material, all-porcelain crowns are suitable for prosthetic reconstructions anywhere in the mouth. In addition, more and more patients are asking for reconstructions made of materials not containing metal or other alloys. All-porcelain crowns are made of a biocompatible material which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions. The new bonding technology involved provides an exceptional bond to your tooth. It is metal-free, and thus satisfies the needs of patients with metal sensitivities.
Before a dental crown can be placed over your affected tooth, our dentist will need to file this tooth down to prepare and make room for the crown. After which, an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth will be made. While the dental crown is being fabricated, a temporary acrylic crown will be placed over the tooth for protection. When the permanent dental crown is ready, the temporary crown is replaced during a separate appointment. A dental crown typically lasts at an average of 10 years or more, depending on your care.
The IPS Empress pressed ceramic system, which has been clinically proven for more than 15 years satisfies discerning users and patients all over the world. Twenty-five million placed restorations are testimony to the long-standing success of IPS Empress. IPS Empress all-ceramics provide impressive aesthetic results because the materials look so natural. They are a biocompatible alternative for people suffering from allergies.
The Original System is continuously being developed, setting trends in the market with regard to aesthetics and function. The most recent innovation from the field of all-ceramics is called IPS Empress Esthetic. The material opens up a host of unexpected possibilities, particularly for veneers.
The new "all-ceramic" material that imparts exceptional strength, beauty and biocompatibility.
First impression often determine what other people think of us. A beautiful smile can make all the difference. Understandably enough, many people harbour a desire for new teeth with a natural appeal. And with Cercon, our new high-tech all-ceramic material, this wish can now become reality. Cercon offers highly natural aesthetics paired with excellent compatibility. Thanks to the extreme strength of its basic material, Zirconia, it is now possible to create highly durable all-ceramic dental crowns and bridges.
As seen in the photo below, the patient has very poor teeth. He was very unhappy with his appearance. Even his wife comments negatively every time he smiles.
We then performed a thorough examination and was able to determine that newer and more advanced porcelain crowns (solid porcelain) can help eliminate this problem. The dental crowns can recreate the strength and natural beauty of his teeth. The latest dental crown technology also offers more "translucency qualities" which makes the tooth appear to be "real." His whole teeth appeared perfectly strong, with the most natural color that projects a dazzling great smile.