Porcelain Crowns, Austin TX
There are a number of materials that can be used for dental crowns, but 100 percent porcelain crowns are simply the most attractive and natural looking, plus they blend seamlessly with your smile, giving you the dual benefits of esthetics and function.
Why All-Ceramic Crowns?
The combination of recent breakthroughs in adhesives with the development of stronger porcelain materials has allowed dentists to make crowns entirely out of porcelain.
All-porcelain crowns are characterized by a transparency that makes them hard to distinguish from natural teeth. Since there’s no metal used, there is no dark line at the edge of the gums, as is the case with PFM crowns. As such, the edge of the crown can be easily placed above the gum-line, which is also healthier for your teeth and gums.
Other Types of Crowns
Besides porcelain, crowns can be made from a variety of other materials, plus new materials are being introduced all the time. Some of the options available today include:
- Metal crowns - made from an all-metal alloy that may include palladium or gold, or a base-metal alloy like nickel or chromium. They are very strong and durable, but are not aesthetically pleasing. So, they are mostly used at the back of the mouth.
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) - a common option that combines the benefits of metal and porcelain. But the metal parts tend to show through. The crown also causes more wear to the opposing teeth.
- All-resin crowns - less expensive compared to other options. unfortunately, they wear down faster, and are more prone to fractures.
- Temporary crowns - made in the dentist’s office (permanent crowns are manufactured in a dental laboratory). Made of stainless steel or acrylic, and must be replaced with a permanent crown.
How All-Porcelain Crowns are Applied
On your first visit, the dentist will take a few X-rays to evaluate the roots of the damaged tooth and surrounding bone. If the tooth is severely decayed, or if there is risk of injury or infection to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal may be recommended before placing the crown.
Otherwise, the actual process entails:
- Preparation of the affected teeth
- Taking the impression
- Placement of a temporary crown
- Construction of your all-porcelain crown
- Final placement of your custom all-porcelain crown
When you are looking to improve your smile, all-porcelain crowns are a lovely and natural looking choice. To find out more about the procedure, or talk to our dentists about the specifics of your case, please call our office at 512-872-3658. We’re always ready to help.