Franklin, TN Porcelain Crowns
A smile as beautiful as yours deserves crowns that are as strong and stunning as the teeth they cover and protect. Dr. Weber places crowns fashioned out of a carefully selected combination of classic porcelain and new, high-strength ceramics to restore the natural beauty of your smile.
Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns
Most often, Dr. Weber uses a brand of ceramic crown called e.max. E.max crowns contain a core made of lithium disilicate, a glass ceramic chosen for its strength as well as its ability to mimic the translucency of natural teeth. This core is encased in a porcelain covering specially crafted to recreate the unique qualities of the original tooth such as color variation and light reflectivity.
In some cases, Dr. Weber will use a crown made of zirconia, which is a type of ultra-strong ceramic often called “ceramic steel.” A zirconia crown is particularly useful when placed over very dark teeth to mask out the unwanted color underneath. It is also used for posterior teeth in high-stress situations.
Trusted for their strength, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns used to be the most natural-looking option available. The metal core of this type of crown is baked in porcelain, in order to get it to look like a tooth. Still, the aesthetics of PFM crowns simply cannot compare to those of high-strength ceramic ones. The metal, even when it is masked out with porcelain, is opaque, so it is impossible to faithfully reproduce the translucency of a natural tooth. Also, with a PFM crown, a dark gray line will inevitably appear at the gumline once the gums recede enough to reveal the metal.
In the photo at the above right, you can easily tell which of the patient’s teeth have been covered with this type of crown.
But when each crown is replaced with a porcelain or ceramic one—as shown on the right—the restored teeth blend in seamlessly with the rest of the patient’s smile.
Thanks to modern advancements, dental restorations today can be created as strong as you need them to be without the use of unsightly metal. Dr. Weber understands the importance of protecting the image of your smile as well as the health of your teeth. He is pleased to restore both using ceramic and porcelain crowns.
Need a Crown?
If you think you may need a crown, call our office at (615) 794-2444 to schedule an appointment for a dental exam. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online and let us give you a call for scheduling.