IMPROVING EXISTING TEETH
If a tooth is damaged or of poor quality, a new all-ceramic crown may be the best solution.
The all-ceramic crown potentially has many advantages over traditional porcelain-to-metal crowns. Besides high esthetic qualities, function and longevity can be excellent as well.
Benefits of a new all-ceramic crown:
- Potentially superior esthetic results, compared to traditional crowns
- Treatment no different than that for a traditional crown
In the best case, the new crown is installed in just two dental visits.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
PLACING A NEW CROWN – STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult with the doctor to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first evaluation and makes an impression of the existing tooth. The impression is used as the prototype for the new crown.
|2: Preparing the old tooth|
The natural tooth is prepared and reshaped. Another impression is made, and temporary crown is attached.
3: Placing the new crown
Once the dental laboratory has completed fabrication, the permanent crown is fitted and secured in place.
|4: End result|
The end result is a new tooth that should blend in perfectly with the others. Brush and floss as recommended by the dentist or dental hygienist.
ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC CROWN
||Porcelain fused to metal|
A metal core crown is an established and well-known treatment option that is still commonly used, especially if very dark teeth or metal posts need to be concealed. Installation and price are normally about equal to that of an all-ceramic crown.