At Weisbard Dental of Greenwood Village, our crowns come in different materials, from semi-precious or non-precious metals, porcelain, zirconia, gold and cerac.
A crown or cap is indicated when there is sufficient damage, decay or trauma to a tooth’s integrity. When more than 60% of a tooth is damaged, has a large broken down filling in it or an entire cusp is missing (broken or decayed) the tooth loses its structural support. The tooth then has a high likelihood of cracking. A crown can literally hold the tooth together by surrounding the tooth and providing support. A crown can be made of various materials – porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. There are tooth colored materials being used called Zirconia or E-Max that are as strong as metal but have the aesthetics of porcelain. These crowns are metal-free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Porcelain to Gold Crowns
The drawbacks are that since the crown is made from a ceramic block it lacks the translucency of natural teeth and variation of color. It tends to be very opaque and monotone. Some dentists will stain these crowns and reglaze them; however, the surface staining can wear over time with normal brushing and chewing. There is also some question of the marginal adaptation (fit) to the tooth.
Dr. Weisbard feels that her laboratory can produce a more natural, translucent crown with better margins (fit to tooth) using traditional, very exact impressions. These high quality crowns last longer, are more durable, fit better and look more natural than the Cerac crowns. Dr. Weisbard chooses not to offer Cerac restorations at this time.
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In the video below, Dr. Lee Weisbard talks about crowns on the Experience Pros Radio Show.