All Ceramic Crowns
It might come as a surprise, but "all-ceramic" crowns or "caps", have been around for most of the past century. These restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium. They have always been a highly desirable cosmetic solution for front teeth even without the availability of modern bonding. Incorporating bonding with all-ceramic crowns potentially can restore both the strength and beauty to that of unblemished natural teeth.
Today teeth that have too much damage to be corrected with fillings or veneers can still be made white and natural with all ceramic crowns.
Examples of all-ceramic crown systems we use are Empress, Procera, and Lava, as well as computer aided all-ceramic designed crowns. Dr. Brother, with your input, decides which system is the most appropriate to achieve strongest the most natural looking crowns for your smile.
Do Ceramic Crowns look Natural?
The most attractive, natural, and life like crowns are those that treat light as close as possible to a healthy natural tooth. When normal light rays strike a tooth part of that light is reflected back from the surface of the tooth and part of the light enters the body (crown) of the tooth, bounces around inside the tooth and is transmitted back to the eye after it has been bent, called refracted light. The wave lengths of this reflected and refracted light can be measured by a machine called a spectrometer. Dental crown materials that more closely match the refraction index of a natural tooth will appear close to if not exactly like an adjacent natural tooth. This should be true in different light settings, meaning sun light, fluorescent and incandescent indoor light, as well as night club lighting.
The challenge to dentists has been to master this complex area of light transmission while still achieving the strength needed for a man made crown or cap to function biting and chewing different foods with minimal risk of breaking.
There has been a progression of advances in these materials over the past 25 years. The first of these new ceramic crowns were called Cerestore produced by Coors Porcelain division. Few people know that the Coors brewing company was in the porcelain ceramic business for almost a hundred years before brewing beer. Dr. Brother was one of a few dentists who had the opportunity to successfully utilize this new cosmetic crown system which unfortunately never reached the commercial market place. It is thought that the elements needed for greater long term success were the ability to bond crowns to teeth and the availability of resin cements both of which are available today.
Dentistry now sits at the threshold of a new era for all porcelain crowns and bridges. One in which camera captured digital images will be able to reduce or eliminate the need to take impressions in the mouth. The digital information obtained can then be used to make all the necessary components involved in making an all ceramic crown which of course could also be digitally made.
Know Which Crown Type is Right for Me?
At Smiles by Design, Dr. Brother will examine your mouth FREE and tell you which crown type is suited for your problem. If your problem can be solved in a less involved way such as with Invisalign, porcelain laminate veneers, bonding, reshaping teeth, or whitening, Dr. Brother will advise you of this at this FREE consultation.
How Many Visits will Treatment Take for my Crown Procedure?
Most all ceramic single crown cases are completed in just two visits. Cases that involve multiple teeth can involve more appointments. However, your teeth are always protected with cosmetic pleasing temporary crowns.
Dental Visits Make Me Anxious, How Can You Help Me?
Dr. Brother was one of the very first dentists in Massachusetts to offer oral conscious sedation to control anxiety. Some people can be made comfortable using Nitrous Oxide gas (laughing gas). Of course gentle accurate administration of local anesthetic (Novacaine)will prevent your teeth from discomfort.
How is /are my New Crown(s) match to my other Teeth?
Dr. Brother uses multiple light sources as well as photo images to decide on color variations within a crown, He also occasionally utilizes a computer generated color mapping (X-Rite Technology) of an adjacent natural tooth to guide proper placement of different porcelain colors.
How Do I Pay For This Service?
We are happy to work with you to obtain the maximum benefit from your dental insurance if you have coverage for these services. That portion not covered by insurance is generally divided up by the number of appointments needed to complete the service(s). Those patients looking to pay over time, we can assist you in obtaining financing that can allow you up to 5 years to pay your bill.