All-ceramic crowns are much better at mimicking the aesthetic properties of a tooth because and they can be made in a way that no one can see the difference between a crown and a natural tooth. Ceramics are biocompatible materials so that no adverse tissue reaction can occur around the crown. Classic metal-ceramic crowns, which have been used for decades, have a metal base on which ceramics are applied to achieve a satisfying aesthetic. However, it is this metal base that can lead to the dark discolouration of the gums around the crown. That is especially evident if there’s a gum recession. With all-ceramic crowns, the crown is in the colour of a tooth, so this change does not appear to occur. Also with metal-ceramic crowns, because we have to provide space for two materials (metal and ceramics), it is necessary to remove more tooth substance when grinding for the crown (1.5-2mm on all sides of the teeth), while for the production of metal-free crowns it is sufficient to remove 0. 3-1mm, depending on the situation. This allows us to preserve your teeth in the long run.
Crowns are made to protect a tooth that is weakened from fracturing, then to restore a tooth that is already broken, to enhance the aesthetics of a smile, to restore missing teeth, to make a crown on an implant, or to protect a tooth after endodontic therapy (root canal treatment – after this intervention the teeth can be significantly weakened and prone to fracture).
Most often they are made of zirconia or lithium disilicate ceramics. Zirconia is currently the most advanced ceramic material for use in dentistry, with exceptional strength and hardness, and great aesthetics, and is by far the most widely used. However, in some aesthetically very demanding cases (eg making only one central incisor next to a natural tooth) lithium disilicate or feldspathic ceramics might be a better solution.
No! The comfort of our patients is our priority. The procedures are performed under local anaesthesia and there should be no pain. We also encourage you to tell your doctor if you need a break or anything that bothers you during the procedure.
Two visits are usually enough to make a crown on one tooth:
If we have multiple teeth or complete reconstruction of the smile, the protocol is somewhat different:
There is no way to accurately determine the durability of metal-free crowns because that is affected by several factors that are not under our control. The average duration is 10-15 years. With proper maintenance and regular inspections, they can last much longer.
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