All porcelain crowns
All porcelain crowns
A review of all ceramic crowns. Find out more about their advantages, disadvantages, when they should be used.

Today, with the advancements in dental technology, all ceramic crowns are now commonplace when it comes to the fixed dental prosthesis.

Ceramic is built by firing and stacking the material according to the crown design. Most patients prefer porcelain (a type of ceramic) over metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns.

The superiority in aesthetics is due to the transparent color of the porcelain that gives it the appearance of a natural tooth. These crowns are also suitable for people who are allergic to metals.

We're talking about various types of porcelain crowns out there, among those are the Feldspathic porcelain. Procera crown, Lava crown, Empress crown and the Zirconium crowns.

There are many advantages to the full ceramic dental crown. The biggest advantage is in the aesthetics. There is no dark line noticeable unlike the porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM). Full ceramic crown never has the issue of a black line as they all made of white ceramic that perfectly imitates the tooth enamel. As the crowns are translucent and smooth, they match the size, color, and shade of your original teeth. Hence, these crowns are a perfect choice for the front teeth restoration.

Besides that, it is suitable for all people as it is non-allergic. All-ceramic crowns are made of a bio-compatible material. Therefore, there is no risk of allergic reactions.

The best part is the full ceramic dental crown?
It is possible in just one visit. It is unlike other traditional techniques that take at least two visits and some turn-around time between those procedures.

Although there are many advantages to the full porcelain crown, it is not without some disadvantages.

Firstly is the fragility of the crown material. All-porcelain crowns are not as durable than their porcelain-fused-to-metal and metal counterparts. In making the porcelain crown to be stronger and thicker, it's required to remove more of your original tooth.

Moreover, all-porcelain crowns are more prone to cracking and chipping as there is no metal substructure. So, with such crowns, you ought to be more cautious.

Dental patients have to be careful when playing sports and biting on hard objects. Wearing mouth guards during sports is a good habit to implement here.

Next is teeth sensitivity. With all-porcelain crowns, you might expect some hypersensitivity towards cold food or drinks. One way to solve the problem of sensitivity is to do an elective root canal treatment where the tooth is de-nerved.

Another downside is that, in comparison to other crown material, it is worse fitting. All-porcelain crowns feature a poorer fit than PFM crowns.

You will need a professional dental practitioner to fit the crown properly onto the place where the tooth meets the gum; otherwise, the poor fit may negatively affect your tooth appearance and function. Also, as a rule of thumb, all-porcelain crowns tend to be more expensive.

In a nutshell, it is wise to ask the opinion of your dentist on the choice of crown material for you, as there are variations to the full porcelain crown for you to consider as well.

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