Achieve Function and Beauty with an All-porcelain Crown
If you are in need of a dental crown, all-porcelain crowns offer an attractive, strong, and long-lasting way to restore your smile. All-porcelain crowns can repair cracked, severely decayed, or cosmetically compromised teeth. Dr. Timothy Kelly proudly offers all-porcelain crowns at his Albuquerque, NM, dental practice.
Dental Crowns: The Basics
Since a crown fully covers your tooth, it can repair many types of structural damage. Dr. Kelly may recommend a crown if you have a cracked or broken tooth. If you have a cavity that has affected a large portion of your tooth, a crown can often restore dental function more effectively than a standard dental filling.
Today's crowns provide an effective and aesthetically-pleasing way to restore your smile.
A crown can provide cosmetic benefits, particularly since we offer tooth-colored, porcelain restorations. If you have severe discoloration, which has not responded to teeth whitening, an all-porcelain crown may be the best treatment option.
Dr. Kelly also uses dental crowns to treat TMJ Disorder. If you have a worn, unusually shaped or small tooth, the overall force of your bite will be affected, sometimes leading to teeth grinding. This unbalanced pressure on your jaw joints can cause structural damage. With a dental crown, Dr. Kelly can redistribute the force of your bite so that it falls evenly across your dental arch.
The Procedure Details
During a dental crown placement, Dr. Kelly will first numb the treatment area, and carefully trim damaged dental tissue, creating a strong base for your restoration. He uses very conservative techniques, and you should experience minimal discomfort during this process. When he has prepared the tooth, he will then take impressions.
Laboratory technicians at an off-site facility will use these molds to design and create your crown. The skilled experts will carefully match the porcelain so that it blends with the natural shade of your tooth enamel.
Once the crown is complete, and has been sent back to our office, Dr. Kelly will place the crown and make sure that it looks natural and fits correctly. When you are both satisfied with the restoration, he will permanently attach it to your tooth.
In many cases, Dr. Kelly can use our advanced E4D technology to provide same-day dental crowns. After reshaping your tooth, he will take 3-D digital impressions, and design your crown on a chairside computer. The designs will be uploaded to a milling machine, which will typically produce your crown in one hour or less. Our E4D system uses advanced restorative materials, so your crown will be a precise match to the shade of your teeth.
Benefits of All-porcelain Crowns
Dental crowns can be made from several different materials, including metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal. However, all-porcelain crowns offer several distinct benefits. Most importantly, the restoration will blend seamlessly with your smile. And unlike a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, it will never change color or alter the look of your teeth.
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Today's crowns provide an effective and aesthetically-pleasing way to restore your smile. Contact us today to learn more about all-porcelain crowns and if this restorative dentistry procedure is right for you.