Ceramic crowns: Beautiful, functional, and convenient dentistry in Richmond, VA
Dental crowns have been part of dentistry in most cultures, from ancient times to the present day. Techniques and materials, however, have changed tremendously. At Richmond Family Dentistry in Richmond, VA, Dr. Olivia Hart places ceramic crowns with exceptional appearance and functionality. Plus, restorations are made and placed in just one appointment with advanced same-day crowns technology.
Frequently asked questions about ceramic crowns from Richmond, VA patients
What is a dental crown?A crown is a hollow cap, shaped like a tooth. It fits over the prepared substructure of a natural tooth with the root intact, or on top of a dental implant. A crown restores a tooth damaged by decay or trauma or provides cosmetic enhancement.
What are common materials used for making dental crowns?Dental crowns can be made of gold or other metals. Sometimes stainless-steel crowns are placed on "baby teeth" as a money-saving option. PFM or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are most common. They have a metal core covered with a shell of white colored porcelain. Composite resin material is used for a temporary restoration while the final crown is made at an off-site lab.
What makes an all-ceramic crown different?The crowns Dr. Hart makes are meticulously milled from a solid block of lustrous, tooth-colored zirconia. This non-metal ceramic material has translucency and light reflecting qualities that blend with natural dentition.
Are porcelain crowns only for front teeth?Zirconia is an extremely strong and hard material, with tremendous resistance to cracking and staining. This type of crown provides excellent aesthetics for front tooth restorations and is tough enough for the bite force on molars.
What is the usual dental crown procedure?Traditional crowns require two visits to the dental office - one for impressions and placement of an interim restoration. Then, at a follow-up appointment a few weeks later, the temporary restoration is removed, and the final crown is cemented in position.
Are same-day crowns and restorations more convenient?Dr. Hart's technique eliminates need for a temporary crown and a second trip to the office. The ceramic crown is fabricated on-site, while you wait.
How long do ceramic crowns last?With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, ceramic crowns can provide many years of service.