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What are Ceramic Crowns?

Ceramic crowns are used to restore damaged teeth to their natural strength and beauty. These crowns are made from high-quality ceramic materials that mimic the translucency and texture of natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from original teeth. They are ideal for patients who need to repair a broken tooth or cover a tooth with extensive decay while maintaining a natural-looking smile.

What makes me a candidate for ceramic crowns?

Candidates for ceramic crowns include individuals with teeth that have suffered significant damage due to decay, trauma, or wear and are in need of structural support and aesthetic enhancement. Those with a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment or those looking to cover a dental implant are also good candidates.

What is the process behind ceramic crowns?

The process for ceramic crowns involves multiple steps, starting with a dental examination and any necessary dental imaging. If a crown is deemed necessary, the tooth is reshaped under local anesthesia to prepare for the crown and an impression is taken. This impression is used to create a custom crown that matches the natural color and shape of your teeth. A temporary crown is often placed while the permanent crown is being made. Once ready, the permanent crown is cemented into place, completing your smile’s transformation.

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What exactly are ceramic crowns?

Ceramic crowns are tooth-shaped caps made of durable ceramic material that are placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. These crowns are popular for their natural color, which matches closely with the rest of your teeth.

How durable are ceramic crowns?

With proper care, ceramic crowns can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or more. Their longevity depends on the dentist’s expertise, on good oral hygiene practices and avoiding habits that could damage the crown, such as chewing ice or hard candies.

Why should I choose ceramic crowns over other types?

Ceramic crowns are highly favored for their aesthetic appeal, as they closely resemble natural teeth and are well-suited for front tooth restorations. Unlike metal crowns, they are metal-free, which makes them a great option for patients with metal allergies or who prefer a more natural look.

What steps are involved in getting a ceramic crown?

The procedure typically involves one to two visits: During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by removing a portion of enamel, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is placed. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent ceramic crown is adjusted for fit and color before being cemented in place.

How should I maintain my new crown?

Ceramic crowns should be cared for just like your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Although ceramic is stain-resistant, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your crown clean and in good shape.

Can a damaged crown be fixed?

If your ceramic crown chips or breaks, it’s important to contact your dentist immediately. Small chips can sometimes be repaired, while larger damage often requires a new crown. Avoiding hard foods and impact to the mouth can help prevent damage to a ceramic crown.

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