All-porcelain dental crowns have become the treatment of choice for many patients with severely damaged, but still salvageable teeth. All-porcelain dental crowns provide a natural looking, stain-resistant, and extremely durable solution to teeth that are too badly damaged to benefit from dental bonding or onlays, but still have a healthy base and root structure.
The advantages of porcelain are so great that many of our patients with older crowns are having them replaced with all-porcelain crowns. We use Zirconia-infused crowns for the most durable, natural look available.
Porcelain has numerous aesthetic advantages over traditional crown materials, offering the most natural-looking solution of any material available today. Not only can porcelain be precisely color-matched to your surrounding teeth, its translucence can be matched as well. Translucence is important because tooth enamel is not a solid shade of white. In other words, the inner layers of your teeth are not the same color as the outer layers. In order for a crown to look natural, it must be able to mimic both the color and translucence of the teeth surrounding it. Modern porcelain technology has made this possible in the hands of a master lab technician.
All-porcelain is the ideal solution for most teeth. In some cases, particularly with the back teeth, a porcelain fused to metal crown is best. The reason for this is the back teeth must withstand a much higher amount of pressure than the front teeth. Although porcelain is extremely durable, it is often best to use a porcelain fused to metal crown on the back teeth for added durability.