Ceramic is one of the most important materials in dental industry. The benefits of natural-like appearance and strength, made it universally use in many dental restorative works such as crowns, bridges and veneers.
A dental crown is a cap-like restoration used to cover a decayed or damaged tooth in order to improve the strength and also protect it from further damage. There are 3 main types of materials used for dental crown:
In the past, crowns were traditionally made of Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal. However, there could be some problems faced by the patients. For example; porcelain from the crown can easily break off and soft tissue around the tooth can recede, over time, revealing the metal underneath as gray lines. This needs to be fixed or it once and forever.
Now All-Ceramic Crown has increased the popularity of restorations. They are stronger, more reliable and more aesthetically-pleasing than ever before. The defining feature of these crown is that they are made from a translucent material which is attractive to look at and blends in well with the rest of the teeth.
Traditional fabrication of crowns use a multistage process that requires an impression and subsequent laboratory completion of the restoration. It typically takes several weeks and require more than 2-3 dental visit.
The Digital CAD/CAM technology has been now introduced with the accuracy, improved esthetics, durability and speed, make it possible for patients to receive custom created crowns in just 1 dental visit.
Once your permanent crown is placed, you should brush as usual, using extra care while flossing and avoid biting hard objects that can damage your natural teeth and the crown. To ensure your tooth and crown stay healthy, it’s also a good idea to visit your dentist regularly.