Crowns are used to cover weak or damaged teeth that need additional support. They are a fixed restoration that sits directly on the gum to provide both aesthetic and functional improvement. Most crowns last for many years, giving patients long-lasting relief as well as increased confidence due to the aesthetic enhancement they offer. While there are a variety of materials used for crowns today, there are distinct benefits in choosing ceramic crowns for many of our patients.
A ceramic crown is crafted entirely of ceramic material, as opposed to a combination of porcelain and metal or another substance altogether. Ceramic crowns offer the advantage of more closely resembling natural tooth enamel for the most pleasing cosmetic result. The surface blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, so it is nearly imperceptible. Ceramic may also be a preferred option for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities.
Reasons for Ceramic Crowns
You might consider a ceramic crown as part of your dental treatment for a variety of reasons:
To protect a weak or cracked tooth
To cover a tooth that is severely decayed or broken
To hide a tooth that is misshapen or significantly discolored
To anchor a dental bridge in place
To cover a dental implant and increase function
About the Process
The process for placing any crown, including a ceramic crown, is virtually the same. At your first appointment, Dr. Haynes will prepare your tooth to receive the crown by shaving it down to a smaller, uniform shape. You will be anesthetized for this process to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Haynes will also examine the tooth for viability for the crown, possibly taking x-rays of the roots to be sure they are intact.
An impression will also be made of your teeth so the crown can be crafted to fit perfectly inside your mouth. Once the impression is completed, Dr. Haynes will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being made. Crowns usually take about two or three weeks to create in a lab and then they are sent back to your dentist’s office for placement.
The placement of a permanent crown is also done under local anesthetic, so you do not feel any pain during treatment. Dr. Haynes will cement the new crown in place over your tooth, and your restoration will be completed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answered by Dr. Haynes
What Is the Recovery from Ceramic Crown Replacement?
You will be able to return home after your crown placement is finished. You may have some sensitivity to hot and cold and minor discomfort for the first few days after receiving your crown, which can be alleviated by oral pain medication and avoiding extreme food temperatures. Sensitivity is usually gone within about one week after your procedure. You will be able to care for your crown the same way as you care for your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing and visits to our office for cleaning and care.
Is Soft Tissue Grafting Right for You?
Gum recession is a relatively common issue that may affect more than 10 percent of all adults. The cause of recession varies, and it may be attributed to overzealous brushing, genetics, or poor oral hygiene. If the latter is the cause of your recession, Dr. Haynes may advise you to wait on your grafting procedure until your gum disease can be managed.
How Much Does It Enhance Your Smile
A ceramic crown is an effective way to hide imperfections in your teeth that make you uncomfortable physically and self-conscious about your appearance. Your crown can be completed in just two visits to our office in most cases, and the results will likely last for seven to 10 years. Dr. Haynes is well-versed in the placement of ceramic crowns, ensuring your procedure and your results will be safe and successful.
Don’t let a less than perfect smile keep you from enjoying your daily life. Contact Radiance Smile Center today at 970-247-9549 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Haynes and find out if ceramic crowns will be an optimal choice for you.