A Dental Crown is a tooth-shaped ‘’cap’’ that is placed over a tooth.
It is made out of porcelain or metal, or combination of both.
They can be matched to the size and color of patients’ existing teeth.
Types of crowns:
Porcelain fused to metal crowns have metal shell on which porcelain is fused in a high heat oven.
The metal provides strength and the porcelain gives the crown a tooth-like appearance.
The porcelain can be color matched to your existing teeth.
Next to all-ceramic crowns, these crowns look most like normal teeth.
However sometimes the metal underlying the crowns’ porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more if your gums recede.
These crowns are a good choice for front and back teeth.
Porcelain fused to titanium crowns are similar to the fused to metal ones, except here the shell is made out of titanium instead of metal. The titanium can be shaped better and gives more strength than the metal.
Zirconium (metal-free) crowns are made of high quality porcelain that is fused to a structure made from Zirconium.
This is one of the strongest materials on the market and it’s white in color.
This type of crown gives the tooth a more natural look than the metal and titanium one and is ideal for frontal teeth, as well as for patients with sensitivity to metal.
The Zirconium crowns are made with CAD/CAM Dentistry.
CAD/CAM Dentistry is a field in dentistry using CAD/CAM (Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) to improve the design and creation of dental restorations.
Typically CAD/CAM dental restorations are milled from solid blocks of ceramic that closely match the basic shade of the restored tooth.
After decayed or broken areas of the tooth are corrected by the dentist, an image (scan) is taken of the prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth.
This image, called a digital impression, draws the data into a computer.
The software then creates a replacement part for the missing areas of the tooth, creating a virtual restoration.
After the creation of the restoration is completed it is adjusted in the patient’s mouth and cemented or bonded in place.
Dental Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help improve the shape, position and color of teeth.
They are made from thin layer of porcelain fitted over the front surface of the teeth.
We use veneers from Edelweiss, an Austrian leading company in this field.
What is the procedure?
First some of the shiny surface of the tooth will be removed, to make sure the veneer can be bonded permanently.
A local anesthetic may be required, but often it is not needed.
Once the preparation is done, the dentist will take an impression.
This will be later given to the dental technician plus some additional information that he might need.
At the end, once the dentist has determined that the shape and shade of the veneer is appropriate, it can be bonded in position.
The color of the veneer can be matched to your existing teeth, so they can look entirely natural.