If you have an old crown that had a color change over the last few years or if you have a blue or black margin in the bottom of your crown that disrupts the aesthetic view of your smile, the aesthetic crown is the best option for you.
Aesthetic crowns have evolved rapidly over the years and now there are many different materials and options that will allow the doctor to give the best aesthetic and functional result for the patient.
Aesthetic crowns will substitute the old crown and will give a more natural look to your smile with his type of treatment you will also eliminate the black or blue margin in the bottom or top of your gum. Depending on each case CAD/CAM technology could be used to reduced treatment time.
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Despite how tough and durable tooth enamel is, it can still become chipped, cracked, and worn down over time. Trauma, tooth decay, fillings that are too large, root canals, and simple age-related wear and tear can all damage or compromise your teeth.
When this happens, an artificial crown is the best way to save the tooth and restore its form and function.
What is an Aesthetic Crown?
Once a tooth is chipped or cracked, or is very decayed, it becomes susceptible to breaking. A crown effectively acts as a “helmet” that goes over a prepared damaged tooth and replaces the natural tooth crown.
In doing so the crown replaces the look, feel, and function of the tooth. It also improves the integrity of the tooth to prevent the chips and cracks from turning into breakages.
What Are Crowns Made Out Of?
Dental crowns can be made out of several materials. Aesthetic crowns specifically have less options, as their goal is to appear as natural as possible. Therefore, common crown materials like amalgam and gold are out.
Typically an aesthetic crown will be made out of porcelain. It offers the closest aesthetic result to natural tooth enamel of any crown material. A properly designed and cemented dental crown should be indistinguishable from the real thing to a layperson.
Preparing an Aesthetic Crown
Crowns start by recording a mould of your teeth. This both looks at the shape of your teeth, and the way your jaws sit together when your mouth is closed.
The tooth or teeth being restored are then numbed, and 1-2 millimetres of enamel are shaved away. This is to allow space for the crown to sit over the tooth to maintain appearance and not affect adjacent teeth.
After the tooth is shaved down, a second set of impressions are made. This impression, along with the first set, forms the basis for the dental lab to construct the restoration.
Manufacturing an artificial crown can take several days. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it. This temporary crown is not as strong or durable as the finished restoration, so care will be needed when eating to prevent breakages.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown is placed into position. The dentist or prosthodontist checks to see if the size, shape, and colour matches the surrounding teeth. If so, the crown is cemented in place; otherwise it’s sent back to the lab for an adjustment.
Dental cement sets within an hour and fully hardens within a day. The crown should feel comfortable and natural in the mouth, without discomfort or adjustment necessary. If you feel anything unusual when the crown is tested, let the dentist or prosthodontist know before they cement it.