Porcelain crowns cover the exterior portion of your teeth. If you have a tooth that is broken down or in danger of breaking, a porcelain crown, often called a “cap,” will beautifully restore the appearance of the tooth, and it will look completely natural.
Originally, crowns were made only with metal foundations to increase the strength of the porcelain and prevent stress cracks from occurring in them. But metal decreases the translucence in crowns, and in time, the metal shows through and makes your gumline look dark. Today, other durable options are available. Crowns made of all porcelain provide a natural-looking restoration to your teeth without a metal foundation. And more advanced technology in crowns exists, including zirconia crowns, which are used by Dr. Aaron Schamback.
Porcelain Crowns with a Zirconia Base
Zirconia crowns on front teeth
Zirconia is a super-strong ceramic material that can be made ultra-thin to match the beauty, color, and translucency of your natural teeth, as the picture to the right shows. Zirconia, or zirconium oxide, is used in various fields of technology, including aerospace technology, because of its high-tensile strength—the ability to withstand large amounts of stress. It is so strong that it’s often referred to as “ceramic steel.” The durability of zirconia crowns enables them to be used on back teeth and in dental bridges.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
- They are very strong and durable.
- Light can pass through them, so they have the translucency of your natural teeth.
- There is no metal framework, so you don’t have to worry about metal allergies or a black gumline.
- They insulate your teeth and protect them from sensitivity to heat and cold. Sensitivity is common in crowns with a metal foundation.
In part, the durability and life-like appearance of the crown you receive is due to the artistry and proper bonding techniques of the dentist. Dr. Schamback is an artistic cosmetic dentist who has received advanced training in cosmetic dentistry to ensure that your crowns will perfectly blend in with your natural teeth.
Porcelain Crowns Complimentary Consultation
If you are interested in having your teeth beautifully restored with crowns, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. You will be able to meet Dr. Schamback, ask questions about this treatment, and find out if it’s right for you. Call us or request an appointment online.