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Full Porcelain dental crown

The most beautiful dental crown is undoubtedly the porcelain or ceramic crown. Porcelain is one of the forms of ceramics.

Picture of all ceramic crowns

What all porcelain crowns have in common is that they are metal free. There are several types with each one fulfilling its purpose perfectly. One example is the KATANA Zirconia crown from Bego. Or the Procera crown which is carefully carved from inside, and its outside fused in layers of ceramics.

The choice of a type of ceramic dental crown should be made at the initiative of the dentist, without interference from the patient. Because there are other relevant factors to consider like the specialisation of the dentist in a particular type of crown, among others.

Porcelain fused to metal dental crown

This type of dental crown includes a metal core for increased strength and is covered with ceramic in the shade of the remaining teeth.

It undoubtedly continues to be used appropriately in specific cases where there is a large masticatory load like first and second molars. Its durability is remarkably long, reaching over twenty years. It suffers the comparative disadvantage of being more opaque than the pure ceramic crown but in the cases mentioned, it is not that significant. In terms of cost, is very close to the price of the pure ceramic crown (consult the table).

It is a dental crown cemented (glued) to the natural tooth, properly prepared, or bolted to a dental implant. It integrates the group called fixed dental prostheses.

Gold dental crown

Full metal crowns are no longer acceptable in modern dentistry. Are an atavism, not worth to mention here.

Cost of a dental crown

It is problematic to tell what the exact price of a particular type of dental prosthesis would be. In fact this cost varies from city to city and varies from dentist to dentist within the same city.

Average dental prices by country

USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, Japan

One way to get an affordable dental prosthesis is to resort to external consultations schools or dental schools. Look for the dental university nearest to you. Do not worry because the students are accompanied by the best dentists.

Porcelain veneer crown

Porcelain veneers have several applications:

  1. Close small gaps between teeth (i.e. diastema).
  2. Correct minor misalignments without an orthodontics treatment.
  3. Rebuild/restore small chips at the edges of teeth.
  4. Whitening stained or dark teeth.
  5. Create a more youthful and engaging smile.

When the tooth is severely damaged, it will be more desirable to make a porcelain dental crown.

Porcelain veneers are the most popular dental cosmetic treatment among celebrities. They are used to improve the appearance of anterior teeth and more rarely an alternative to tooth whitening.

A dental porcelain veneer is a ceramic cover bonded to the labial face of the anterior teeth, intended to correct minor aesthetics defects including teeth shade. It endures approximately ten to fifteen years.

Typically, the process consists of removing or etching the outer buccal layer of enamel from the tooth. Next the dentist obtains an impression that sends to the dental laboratory. The patient leaves the clinic with temporary facets while waiting for the final ceramics production. The porcelain veneer doesn't merely improve the aesthetics but equally gives the tooth its sturdiness.

However, it is prudent to be aware of some cons. The entire procedure is intrusive and irreversible. Some of the side effects are toothaches or discomfort for some time, varying considerably from case to case. Another problem is when an error occurs, and the nerve of the tooth swells, in this situation the most certain thing is to have a root channel treatment done.

The process has to be properly evaluated. You moreover have to worry about a warranty. Imagine falling and suffering an accident with one of the veneers. What will happen in such a case?

Composite vs porcelain Veneer

A less durable but much cheaper alternative that demands less tooth wear is the laminate composite veneer. It is an alternative with some advantages except duration and resistance to stains. Naturally it will need to be redone within a few years, but it pays off for the difference in price and for being less invading.

Porcelain Laminate Veneer

The principal difference between the Laminate Veneer and the regular Porcelain Veneer is that in the former case there is no mechanical wear of the face of the teeth. Phosphoric acid is used to slightly corrode the enamel and promote adhesion of the laminate, which has a minimum thickness of 0.2 to 0.3mm. The tooth becomes a bit bulky because of this increase in its size but in many cases it is not significant or noticeable. The average price of the laminate does not differ considerably from the price of the normal veneer.

Cons of Dental veneers

People who suffer from bruxism (grinding teeth) should not use porcelain veneers or laminate veneers at all. For those people, the porcelain jacket or crown is more appropriate. Under any circumstance it should be used on the lower front teeth. They will be subject to constant fall out.

Caring for porcelain veneers

Food with intense colors like coffee, dark tea or red wine can stain the union between facets and teeth. Do perform adequate dental hygiene so as to keep teeth and gums healthy. Teeth should be cleaned and checked at the clinic twice a year for maintenance. Avoid biting pork chop or chicken bone and the ingestion of frozen foods that can crack the porcelain. Note that Porcelain Veneers may split or crack but typically do not change in color.

Before deciding on the placement of dental porcelain veneers, you should keep in mind that removing the enamel to accommodate them, represent an irreversible process. Also have in mind that a porcelain veneer has the longevity of a maximum twenty years. Which will require new veneers in the medium term.

How much does it cost a porcelain veneer?

The average price is around $1,000.00.


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