Dental or ceramic crowns serve as prosthetic substitutes that are permanently fixed onto a filed tooth or dental implant. The aim of ceramic crowns is to restore the lost function of the tooth or embellish its appearance.
As a material, ceramics is characterised by high firmness, resistance to great temperature fluctuations, chemical influences and corrosion, and is, most importantly, biocompatible, non-allergenic and emulates the appearance of natural teeth maximally.
Crowns are an ideal solution for the following situations:
- Your natural tooth is broken
- Your natural tooth is damaged to such a degree that a filling is impossible
- Your natural tooth has been weakened by cavities
- You dislike the shape and colour of your tooth
- Treated teeth suffer from great damage
In most cases, the functional and aesthetic durability of full ceramic crowns and bridges lasts for quite some time, often over ten years. A limiting factor is the condition and health of anchor teeth and their roots. Proper maintenance as instructed by the dentist and regular checkups will definitely contribute to long and successful functional and aesthetic durability of non-metallic ceramic crowns and bridges.
Types of ceramic crowns
We distinguish between metal ceramic crowns and non-metallic ceramic crowns (zirconia crowns, e.max crowns, etc.). While metal ceramic crowns are firm and aesthetically adequate, non-metallic crowns are even more attractive, making them a fully individualised and impeccable solution aesthetically-wise. Moreover, non-metallic ceramic crowns are not accompanied by risk of potential black or dark edges adjacent to gums, which is a common drawback of metal ceramic crowns.
Metal ceramic crowns are the preferred choice of our patients owing to their affordable price, excellent quality and solid aesthetic component. As indicated by their name, they are made of a ceramic-coated metal foundation.
What is a dental crown, as opposed to a dental bridge?
Crowns are prosthetic substitutes made for individual teeth, while bridges are constructions encompassing the crowns of several teeth, serving as replacement for missing teeth. When making a ceramic crown, it is important to prepare (file) the tooth/teeth for placing the prosthetic substitute. In the event of teeth loss and planned prosthetic therapy using a bridge, the adjacent teeth must be prepared too, as they will serve as supports for the bridge construction used to replace the lost tooth. Joined crowns also form a bridge, thus solidifying the teeth.