When a tooth suffers from decay, breakage, or other forms of damage, a dental crown is often able to renew its form and function. While crowns can be made out of various materials, including different types of metal, we favor all-ceramic dental crowns. Dental ceramic, sometimes called dental porcelain, offers a strong and aesthetically pleasing way to restore teeth. Read the information below to learn more about ceramic dental crowns and how this treatment may benefit you.
A dental crown is a custom-made, tooth-shaped “cap” that covers the entire upper portion of a tooth (everything above the gumline). The ceramic used to make dental crowns is very biocompatible, which means that it works well with the human body. It can also be shade-matched to blend in well with the surrounding dentition. It even reflects light in a manner similar to that of natural tooth enamel. A well-made ceramic crown is virtually indistinguishable from a real tooth.
The process for designing and placing a dental crown usually takes two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist prepares the tooth that will receive the crown. They do so by removing a bit of enamel so that the crown will fit well. Then, they take some impressions of your teeth and give you a temporary crown to wear while a laboratory fabricates your permanent one. You will return to our office for your second appointment after your crown is finished. Your dentist will verify its fit before permanently attaching it to your tooth.
The most obvious benefit of ceramic crowns is that, unlike metal crowns, they provide a completely natural appearance. Additional advantages include:
The cost of all-ceramic dental crowns is comparable to that of traditional crowns. Our team will be happy to give you an estimate for the cost of your treatment when you visit us for your restorative consultation. We will also help you file insurance claims; most policies cover a portion of the cost of crowns if the procedure is deemed necessary for a patient’s oral health. Low- or no-interest financing is also an option for most patients who would like to pay for their crown in monthly installments.