What are ceramic crowns?
Ceramic crowns are essentially caps made of an all ceramic material that are shaped like the patient’s teeth. They are strategically placed over a tooth to cover-up an imperfection, restore the tooth to its original shape, strength and function, augment its size, and generally improve its appearance. In Palm Beach, numerous patients of Drs. Lerner & Lemongello’s have already benefited from the use of these restorations to strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth. Not only do these restorations resemble the appearance of teeth closely, they are also easily molded to match the shape and features of the patient’s actual teeth, making them look very natural.
When are ceramic crowns needed?
Generally, crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down and its structure cannot be restored by the use of conventional filling material. They can also be effectively used in the following conditions:
- Protecting decay-weakened teeth from breaking and holding cracked parts of the teeth together
- Restoring teeth that are excessively worn down
- To cover a tooth with a large filling in order to add structural support
- To cover teeth that are severely discolored or distorted
- As an augmentation to other dental restorations, ceramic crowns are used to hold dental bridges in place or to cover a dental implant
What are the steps involved in getting ceramic crowns?
The process for the preparation and placement of ceramic crowns will usually take two visits to the dentist. The first visit is typically for the examination and preparation of the tooth, and the second for the placement and the adjustments necessary to get the perfect fit.
- To prepare the ceramic crown, x-ray images will be taken to check that the roots of the teeth are in good condition.
- Local anesthesia will be administered to the area to be treated.
- The tooth will be shaped on the chewing surfaces and along the sides roughly the same thickness as the fabricated crown. If the tooth is severely worn down, the dentist will build it up with enough material to support the crown.
- Once the tooth has been reshaped, the dentist makes an impression of the receiving tooth, and the surrounding teeth, to make sure that the resulting crown will blend with the correct bite.
- These impressions will become the basis for the fabrication of the ceramic crown in a dental laboratory.
- A temporary crown will be fabricated and fit to the tooth to be worn by the patient during the time the ceramic crown is made.
- When the ceramic crowns are finished, the dentist will remove the temporary crowns and check the color and fit of the permanent crown.
- Once the ceramic crown is checked for fit and matches the natural teeth the ceramic crown will be permanently cemented in place.