Historically, porcelain dental crowns were laminated to metal to strengthen them. Today with advances in dental technology and materials porcelain no longer requires a metal base. The strength of modern dental porcelain enables dentists to place beautiful, natural looking all porcelain crowns.
Whenever you have a damaged tooth, saving that tooth should be the first choice rather than having it extracted. Many teeth that have been compromised by injury or decay can be restored by covering them with dental crowns. Crowns are dental restorations that can be used to complete dental implants, anchor a fixed bridge, protect teeth that are no longer structurally sound, strengthen teeth that have had a root canal treatment, cover worn or broken teeth, and cosmetically enhance unattractive teeth.
A crown is a dental restoration that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth down to the gumline. Crowning a tooth can reestablish its function as well as its natural appearance. Although porcelain veneers are the first choice for cosmetic enhancement, crowns can create the same look for teeth that have lost too much structure for the effective placement of veneers. Additionally, crowns are used for esthetic purposes when teeth are badly stained and the discoloration may show through thin veneers.
Dr. Sameet Koppikar uses innovative CAD/CAM (computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing) CEREC technology to deliver highly durable, precisely designed, and color matched porcelain crowns in a single office visit. First, he takes an optical impression with a digital camera; the image is transferred and displayed on a computer screen. He then uses computer design software (CAD technology) to create the details of your crown. While you wait, about 10 minutes, the milling machine uses CAM technology to create your new porcelain crown. Dr. Koppikar will cement the new crown to your prepared tooth and you are done! The entire process takes about an hour.
If you want a beautiful crown that is metal free, biocompatible, and extremely precise, you can have it in one dental visit! Call Biltmore Dental Center at (602) 954-8200, or stop by 4202 N. 32nd Street Suite B, Phoenix, AZ and schedule your consultation with one of the highest rated dentists in Phoenix.