ALL CERAMIC VS PORCELAIN FUSED TO METAL CROWNS?
Dental crowns (also known as dental caps), are made in cases when natural tooth is greatly destructed by cavity, trauma, or in cases of severely discolored or misshaped teeth.
ALL CERAMIC CROWNS
All ceramic crowns are currently the best, in terms of quality and esthetics , prosthodontic work in dentistry. Various materials are currently used for all ceramic crowns, but the most dominant is zirconium.
Zirconia crowns are made of crystal zirconium, discovered in 1789. Zirconium is very strong, malleable and ductile material, and it was even used in space technologies. Today it is dominant as a material for crowns and bridges.
Why zirconia all ceramic crowns?
– They are biocompatible – no adverse effects on your gums and body.
– Very strong and long-lasting crowns
– Much better esthetics – especially multilayer zirconia, which we use in our clinic.
– Easier oral hygiene maintenance – they are highly polished, and have no microcracks, which disables dental plaque accumulation, with adequate oral hygiene, of course.
– No gum discoloration – no more dark lines on your gums.
The procedure of zirconia crowns making in our office is fast, painless and simple. Tooth preparation is done in local anesthesia, and after the impressions are made, the whole procedure transfers to the laboratory where a 3D scan is made. After the scan, the process of computer crown making starts, which enables high precision. After a few try ins, crowns are ready for definite cementation. The whole process lasts for 5-7 days.
PORCELAIN FUSED TO METAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns have a metal construction which is completely covered in porcelain.
The process of PFM crown making
After the doctor and patient decide for this type of crown, the next step is tooth preparation. High expertise, experience and team work in our office, enable this phase to be as pleasant as possible, and completely painless.
After the preparation, tooth impressions are made, and sent to the laboratory for metal construction making. Patient is provided with temporary crowns, which look the same like the natural teeth before preparation. First we try the metal construction, than comes the ceramics try in, in which we check how the crown fits the tooth, functions in mastication, and the esthetics of course. The next phase is a glazed crown (bridge). The whole procedure of PFM crowns making, lasts around 5-7 days.
Why porcelain fused to metal crowns?
- They are stable and long-lasting
- A missing tooth problem can be fixed with a PFM bridge.
- They are a great replacement for existing bad fillings (especially in side areas)
- There is a possibility of change in shape, color and position of the tooth.
The disadvantage of PFM crowns and bridges is the possibility of gum discoloration. That is why it is not recommended in the esthetic region.
How do you take care of your porcelain fused to metal crown?
It is recommended that you use soft brushes, multiple times per day. With good oral hygiene, and regular visits to the dentist, these crowns can last for years.
If you have the possibility, we highly recommend all ceramic crowns vs porcelain fused to metal, for your gum health, and as well for the significantly better esthetics.
All ceramic crowns are a good investment in your future, which will most certainly pay off.