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What are Ceramic Crowns?

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

Dr. Haynes will assess your situation to determine whether a crown will provide you with the best cosmetic results while restoring form and function.

Are Ceramic Crowns Right for You?

Ceramic crowns offer a number of benefits over other types of crowns, beyond their cosmetic advantage. The ceramic material is biocompatible, which means these types of crowns are often kinder to the gums. They are also thinner, which allows for placement in tighter areas where other crowns may not fit comfortably without shaving down surrounding teeth. Ceramic crowns also don’t leave you sensitive to extreme hot or cold temperatures in your mouth.

Despite many benefits, there are some reasons why ceramic crowns may not be the best choice for you. This type of crown requires some extra care to keep it in top condition. Avoid chewing ice or other hard substances, which could crack the crown. Damage can also occur if you use your teeth to open bottles or chew on hard objects like pens. If you play sports that could lead to a direct blow to the mouth, a guard is essential to protect your crown as well as the rest of your teeth.

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.

Recovery from Ceramic Crown Placement

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.

Enhancing 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.