Will a crown be obvious if I get one in my smile? Have you recently discovered you have a big cavity and are wondering how you can fix your smile cosmetically? Are you worried about whether or not it’s even possible? Do you need an extraction and a restorative treatment that will keep the rest of your smile intact? Dental crowns have a variety of uses and benefits, which is why they have become one of the most popular forms of restoration. If you want a more attractive and stronger smile, it is time to see how a dental crown can help.
Won’t a dental crown be obvious and look out of place?
Porcelain is used in most modern dental crowns because of its strength and customizability. Skilled ceramists are able to craft natural looking crowns to match a patient’s real teeth shade, and shape, and even to replicate their sheen. This helps to create a natural-looking restoration that most people won’t even notice.
Tooth breakage, decay, and failed dental work negatively affect the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, places top quality porcelain crowns that will repair your teeth and improve the way you look.
Unlike metal based crowns, porcelain crowns:
- Blend with the natural color of your teeth
- Can last for several decades with proper care
- Require less tooth reduction
- Are biocompatible (accepted by the body), which makes them healthier and reduces the potential for gum recession
- Do not contain mercury
Dr. Fondriest offers a variety of crown types:
- Emax crowns: The latest option on the market, e.max is 2.5 to 3 times stronger than other ceramics, and it has the translucence and color of natural teeth. Dr. Fondriest prefers placing e.max for front teeth.
- Empress: These restorations are lovely, with a secure fit and a natural appearance. Empress crowns are only moderately strong, so Dr. Fondriest does not use them in patients with bruxism (grinding and clenching teeth).
- Feldspathic: This ceramic is considered the most beautiful by many dentists, but it requires a highly skilled ceramist (like the one Dr. Fondriest works with) to create fittings from it. Feldspathic crowns are costly because they are tricky to place, but they are well worth the price. Dr. Fondriest has placed Feldspathic fittings with gorgeous results.
- Procera: More tooth reduction is needed for Procera crowns because of the layering technique used to make them. But when produced by a master ceramist, Procera crowns can produce breathtaking results.
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- Porcelain crowns correct a number of dental issues. Dental crowns can correct just about any dental issues, from root canals to dental breaks and even replacing teeth. For example, after a root canal, a tooth is longer and strong enough to withstand much biting force. However, with porcelain crowns in place, a tooth’s functionality is restored. Also, for restorative dental pieces, like, dental bridges, crowns on either end of the bridge allow it to remain anchored in place.
- It’s a natural-looking restoration. Porcelain material is preferred for dental pieces for a simple reason: porcelain can mimic natural teeth with ease. On its own, enamel is partially translucent—a quality that porcelain material also possesses. In other words, when a porcelain-based dental piece is in place, it is very difficult to distinguish it from the surrounding teeth.
- White crowns have a few varieties. As aforementioned, porcelain is a type of dental material that’s in high demand, however, it is not the only type of white crown available. In fact, zirconia crowns have become quite popular. This specialized white crown is paired with ceramic to make a sturdier, more durable porcelain crown. Additionally, patients can also choose from E-max, Empress, and Feldspathic porcelain crowns.
- Patients can choose from a couple of manufacturing methods. In the past, the only way to receive a porcelain-based dental piece was by using a ceramics lab. Yet, according to your Lake Forest, IL dentist, some dental practices use CEREC technology to create restorations in the office. To learn more about the CEREC milling system, you can simply ask Dr. Fondriest—he’s more than happy to clarify concerns or answer any questions.
Will a crown be able to withstand daily wear?
Yes. Aside from being natural-looking, dental porcelain is valued because of its durability. It is nearly as strong and stain-resistant as your teeth’s natural enamel, which enables you to care for your crown the same way you do your other teeth. This makes dental crowns a convenient form of restoration.
Are dentures my only option for dealing with a lost tooth?
No. Dental crowns can be used in conjunction with titanium posts to create dental implants, which are the most stable form of restoration after tooth loss. The post helps to hold the crown in place and to nourish your jaw the way a natural tooth root does. Dental crowns can also be used as an integral part of a dental bridge, which is another popular form of completing a smile after tooth loss.
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Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from and all surrounding communities.