Dental crowns are often necessary in order to save a damaged tooth from extraction and renew its form and function. Many types of dental crowns are available, including ones made out of metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-ceramic. At Family Dental Practice of Newington, we are proud to offer all-ceramic dental crowns because they provide remarkable function, durability, and aesthetics. On this page, you will learn more about these restorations and how they might benefit you.
As their name implies, all-ceramic dental crowns are constructed out of 100 percent dental ceramic (which is sometimes called dental porcelain). Ceramic is a special type of refined clay. Crowns made out of it considered to be metal-free because although they may contain traces of some metals, the amount of metal in them is so small that it is not worth taking into account.
Ceramic crowns can be used for virtually all the same purposes as metal crowns. That is to say, they can protect damaged teeth, serve as part of a bridge to replace missing teeth, and more.
The all-ceramic dental crown procedure is similar to the traditional crown procedure. It usually takes place across two appointments. The process begins when we prepare the tooth to receive the crown, which usually involves filing away some enamel so the tooth fits well beneath its restoration. After the tooth is ready, we take impressions and images of it. Then, the patient wears a temporary crown while the permanent one is being designed and fabricated.
Some advantages of all-ceramic crowns include:
During your consultation, we will give you an estimate for the cost of your crown. In most cases, dental insurance is willing to pay for a significant portion of the cost of all-ceramic restorations (if they are deemed medically necessary, rather than for purely cosmetic purposes). Low-interest financing is also available for most patients.