|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
May 9, 2014
Porcelain dental crowns are used to cover the entire surface of a damaged tooth. They are especially useful for teeth that have decay or cracks on them that are too big for a regular filling to fix. After these teeth are shaved down a little bit, a new white porcelain crown will be bonded permanently. They are made to match the surrounding teeth in shape and color. The process of getting crowns placed in usually takes two short dental visits.
There are three main types of porcelain dental crowns. They are categorized based on the type of material they are made out of. Crowns can be all ceramic/porcelain, zirconium framed or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fused to metal crowns is the most common. They are the standard because they have been around for a long time and the results are shown to be positive. These crowns have porcelain baked on to a high noble alloy shell.
Crowns that are all ceramic or porcelain don’t have any metal in them. Depending on the type of crown needed, they can either be cemented or bonded to the tooth. The most esthetic ceramic crown has greater depth of color and is opalescent. There are two main types of porcelain crowns:
- Procera – Procera is a milled ceramic on the inside with a more traditional porcelain material baked onto the outside. An advantage to these crowns is the extreme strength they have. Another advantage of Procera is that it doesn’t have to be bonded to the tooth but can be cemented with ordinary crown and bridge cement, a technique familiar to all dentists.
- Empress – Empress is a type of all ceramic crown that is similar to a durable glass. To achieve a perfect fit, the Empress material is cast to the underlying tooth structure rather than baked, as other types porcelain crowns are. To achieve an appearance that is an exact match with your existing teeth, the outside surface of Empress crowns is baked. As such, the fit of an Empress crown is precise, while the outside surface contour, finish, and color are extremely durable.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.