Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that allows the replacement of lost teeth and thus restore function, health and aesthetics. Missing teeth can be replaced using fixed or removable prostheses, over teeth or over implants. Fixed solutions are generally preferred over removable prostheses as they allow patients to regain esthetics and function with maximum comfort.
Dental crowns are fixed prostheses that cover the entire tooth and are cemented onto it. Crowns can also be screwed onto dental implants, mimicking and reproducing the characteristics of natural teeth. In addition to providing greater resistance to damaged teeth, crowns also improve their aesthetics. There are several materials to produce dental crowns, the most common being ceramic.
How is a ceramic crown made?
In a first consultation, an evaluation of each case is made. Through intra and extra-oral photographs, radiological examinations and through molds or teeth scans, the ideal planning is carried out according to the individual needs and expectations of the patient.
In a second appointment, the tooth surface is prepared, impressions are taken and provisional crowns are placed. These aim to protect the tooth, maintain aesthetics and function.
After about 2 weeks, ceramic dental crowns are placed.
How should ceramic crowns be maintained?
After cementation, crowns require basic oral hygiene care and must be monitored and controlled by your dentist and oral hygienist, just like our natural teeth. It is important to note that teeth rehabilitated with ceramic crowns are also likely to have caries lesions, although with a lower risk, so it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene as well as periodic checks with your dentist and oral hygienist.
Are ceramic crowns resistant?
Dental ceramics is a biocompatible and very resistant material, which is why it is highly durable. Thus, teeth with significant loss of structure can be rehabilitated using ceramic crowns, reinforcing the tooth structure.