If you suffer from cracked, broken or missing teeth, dental crowns may be just what you need to regain your self-confidence. Crowns, or “caps,” fit over your teeth like a baseball cap and are designed to fix imperfections such as:
- Chips or cracks
- Broken teeth
- Crooked or jagged teeth
Tooth crowns can both enhance and brighten your smile while making your teeth more durable. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we use the latest in crown information and technology to create the cap to best fit your needs. We perform all-porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. With the assistance of a highly trained and experienced ceramist, we can fix your teeth and send you on your way in no time at all.
Types of Crowns
The most aesthetically pleasing crown for a tooth is an all-porcelain crown. With porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, our cosmetic dentists must apply an opaque layer put over the metal to mask its color. Because of this, it is not possible to have a completely translucent restoration that imitates the translucent appearance of your real teeth. However, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are generally stronger because of the metal. The type of crown you choose will depend on your specific needs.
Porcelain is a particular type of ceramic that is created through stacking and firing. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we use Empress and Zircona crowns.
Empress is a ceramic material that is not exactly porcelain but is instead more like glass. The material is cast rather than baked like a feldspathic porcelain crown would be. One benefit to this type of crown is its fit. Empress is more precise than the baked feldspathic porcelain. They are also strong, beautiful, and remarkably bio-compatible. Unlike all porcelain crowns, which tend to wear opposing teeth more than usual, Empress is very gentle on your other natural teeth.
Zirconia is a very tough ceramic material which can be made incredibly thin. These types of crowns contain no metal and can be made to look opaque or translucent, depending on your needs. If the zirconia crown is bonded onto the teeth rather than cemented with dental cement, it will not show a black line at the gums the way a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can.
Both types of dental crowns are ideal for those who are sensitive to metal or simply prefer the look of metal-free restorations.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can replicate your real teeth and are traditionally stronger than ceramic crowns. They can be matched to your natural teeth, providing an attractive appearance. The downside is that the porcelain can become chipped and the underlying metal can peer through as a dark line. The line can become more and more visible as your gum recedes.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we use a CEREC machine, which is the latest in dental computer technology to create restorations that are designed, made, and placed in one visit. Why go to the dentist a second time when you do not have to?
With CEREC tooth crown technology, we use strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength and function. We also use a dental ceramist, a specialist who is very adept at completing detailed work to create the highest-quality crowns, bridges, and tooth facings, according to the specifications and molds supplied by our dental team.
If you want that healthy, amazing smile that you have dreamed about, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today by calling (800) 672-8518 or completing our form online. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb and her skilled dental team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville proudly serve patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and nearby areas in New Jersey.