Fake, Lifeless, Opaque crowns
This patient had 28 crowns placed by her old dentist 3 years prior. The crowns were opaque and lifeless. The patient came to our practice for help not really trusting dentists after her previous bad experience. She actually made us replace her back teeth to her specifications before she would allow us to redo her front teeth. This image was taken after we redid the upper back teeth crowns.
Natural appearance of Metal Free Crowns
All the upper teeth were crowns done to match exactly how her teeth looked when she was a teenager. The anterior six crowns were Procera™ all porcelain crowns. This type of ceramic has an aluminous oxide base coping and an attractive veneering porcelain stacked on the surface. The posterior crowns were PFM Crowns.
We show you this example case for one very important informational purpose; it shows that when a master ceramist is involved, teeth can be made to be beautiful. Even when the technology is dated. Procera crowns are actually an older technology. Like zirconium today, Procera is not a good ceramic material for veneers because it is difficult to bond it to teeth. The majority of porcelain crowns are now made of emax. Learn more about the newest porcelain crowns.
What is a Procera Porcelain Crown?
A Procera® crown is a crown that is made entirely from porcelain ceramic, providing a natural look to teeth. While Procera crowns function like other traditional crowns, they are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than most PFM crowns. Procera porcelain was one of the first porcelains that could be used in posterior teeth. It had more strength than the other porcelains of its time. Today, the best porcelains for the posterior sections of the mouth are EMax and Zirconium. Dr. Fondriest prefers EMax over zirconium due to the abuse that zirconium causes to the opposing dentition over the long term.
Benefits of Ceramic Procera Crowns
Procera All-Porcelain Crowns offer patients an array of benefits. Some of those advantages include:
- A functional, durable and esthetic dental restorative option
- A design made through CAD/CAM technology, ensuring stellar fit
- Like a full gold crown, it is made of biocompatible materials. It is not nearly as strong as a metal crown.
- The metal free matter, which eliminates teeth sensitivity in extreme hot or cold conditions
- The ability for the re growth of gum tissue
Procera porcelain was one of the first porcelains that could be used in posterior teeth, due to its durability.
Caring for Your Procera Dental Restorations
When it comes to maintaining your Procera crowns, it is essential to avoid eating foods that are known to stain the teeth. Additionally, it is paramount to practice stellar oral hygiene habits. A regimen of brushing twice daily and flossing on a regular basis will help to preserve your Procera restorations.
Learn more about if Procera dental crowns are right for you
If you would like to learn more about Procera crown restorations, contact our Chicago, IL practice, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by dialing 847-234-0517. With your desires, alongside Dr. Fondriest’s skill set, you can be assured of a long-lasting result and a stellar smile.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States