All ceramic crowns and bridges are a popular form of restoration particularly for patients seeking perfect aesthetics. Made from a 100% ceramic material (often porcelain) all ceramic restorations have the ability to mimic the natural luminosity and sheen of natural teeth. While typically, the thicker the ceramic the greater the all ceramic crown translucency, they are by far the best option for those looking to balance both strength and aesthetics.

Indications include:

All ceramic restorations have a natural translucency which mimics the shading of natural teeth
Ideal for shading and blending with the patient’s existing teeth.

Contraindications include:

All ceramic porcelain crowns must be kept dry when being cemented into position for the best successful outcome.
Ceramic restorations aren’t ideal for those with para-functional habits such as nail biting or bruxism because they can be fragile when placed under higher bite pressures.
All porcelain crowns shouldn’t be used on those with a super-erupted opposing tooth, a deep overbite, or short clinical crown

So what about the advantages?

Aesthetics – Their natural appearance makes all ceramic restorations a popular choice for patients
Despite the fact that they can be fragile when placed under excess bite conditions, in normal circumstances, they are more durable than many other types of tooth restoration
For those suffering from metal allergies, all ceramic crowns present a biocompatible alternative.
When porcelain crowns are fabricated indirectly they allow for a better and more accurate shape and fit.

And the disadvantages

Since all ceramic restorations in Hempstead are fabricated indirectly fitting can take several visits. As a result, increased lab fees can make this procedure more expensive than for restorations that are fabricated directly.
In most cases an all ceramic crown fracture can’t be repaired, so this will incur added costs.
Because ceramic materials are brittle in nature an adequate thickness of ceramic is needed to prevent this from occurring.
In some circumstances, ceramic crowns can potentially cause wear or damage to opposing teeth or restorations, so this is something that needs to be taken into consideration before fitting.

Interested in all ceramic restorations?  Hudson Valley Dental Lab can help, so get in touch today!