All-Porcelain Dental Crowns: Make Damaged Teeth Beautiful Again
Teeth are strong—very strong. They are covered in a translucent coating called enamel that is the hardest substance in the human body. Despite this, teeth are not indestructible. For instance, microscopic bacteria can lead to decay in an otherwise healthy tooth. Likewise, traumatic injury from an unexpected fall or blow to the face can crack or fracture a tooth. When either of these circumstances damages a tooth, repair is necessary to preserve your oral health and to save your smile. Sometimes, the best option for repair is an all-porcelain crown. Dr. Virginia Gregory uses Emax crowns to preserve and protect her patients’ damaged teeth and restores normal function to their smiles.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a covering that is placed over a tooth when that tooth has lost its form, strength or stability. A tooth may become decayed to the point that a tooth-colored filling is not a sufficient repair. A deep crack may threaten to split a tooth, in which case extraction may become necessary. In both of these cases, an all-porcelain crown fully encapsulates the tooth, providing protection and renewed function.
What is an Emax Crown?
Dr. Gregory prefers to use Emax crowns. An Emax crown is constructed from a single block of lithium disilicate ceramic, which is a high-quality material that is strong, long lasting, and opaque, which gives it a natural color and translucency. This, plus the natural shape of the crown, makes an Emax crown less noticeable in your smile regardless of which tooth it covers. In addition, there is not a metal alloy base on this crown, so you don’t have to worry about a dark line along your gum tissue.
Placing an Emax Crown
Depending on the condition and size of your tooth, Dr. Gregory may need to prepare the tooth before the crown can be placed. In this case, a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed and the tooth is reshaped. Now, your new crown will fit comfortably between your other teeth.
Then, we’ll take an impression of the tooth that involves using a mold filled with dental putty. When you bite down, the impression is created, and our dental lab will use this to manufacture your customized Emax crown. Dr. Gregory will place a temporary crown over your tooth while your permanent one is being fabricated. Then, in two to three weeks when the Emax crown is ready, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Gregory will bond the crown into the tooth structure.