Crowns are permanent tooth restorations that significantly transform the overall appearance of teeth. Bridges consist of connected crowns, capable of replacing one or more extracted teeth within their structure.
As the name suggests, this type of ceramic crowns and dental bridges are crafted without a metal base. The most commonly used material as a metal substitute is zirconium. Due to its physical characteristics and color, zirconium boasts high aesthetic qualities, providing teeth with a completely natural look, devoid of the typical grayish tone associated with metal.
When Do We Recommend Installing Zirconium Crowns?
Zirconium crowns exhibit excellent aesthetic characteristics, seamlessly blending into the natural look of teeth. Consequently, they are most commonly utilized on front teeth when patients are dissatisfied with the appearance of their natural teeth. This type of tooth covering allows us to achieve outstanding aesthetic results.
Bridges made from a combination of zirconium and ceramics are recommended only in cases where one or perhaps two teeth are missing. For larger replacements, we advise patients to opt for metal-ceramic bridges due to their superior physical durability.
Through an examination and analysis of X-rays, we determine whether the placement of zirconium crowns or bridges is feasible in your case, ensuring all aesthetic and functional requirements are met. If your teeth are healthy and the desired changes can be achieved with non-metal crowns, we proceed with further fabrication of tooth coverings.
Procedure for Installing Non-Metal Crowns
The procedure for installing non-metal crowns and bridges involves several standard steps. At Dr. Bede Dental Clinic, this procedure is a routine, with a quick and virtually painless process facilitated by anesthesia.
Shaping the teeth through grinding ensures they are ready to receive non-metal crowns. This procedure is conducted with the application of anesthesia.
Following tooth shaping, a complete impression of the upper and lower teeth is taken. These impressions are then sent to the dental laboratory, where dental technicians use digital technology to design the future appearance of the teeth.
After a trial of the teeth, we proceed to cement them permanently onto the teeth. Subsequently, we double-check the bite to ensure it is correct, and the patient is ready to showcase their new smile.
Maintenance of Non-Metal Crowns
Maintaining non-metal crowns is similar to caring for any other type of tooth covering. Regular oral hygiene practices, such as using dental floss or interdental brushes, along with the use of an oral irrigator, are ways to properly maintain crowns. Regular annual or semi-annual check-ups with the dentist are recommended.
Installation of Crowns in Our Dental Clinic
At Dr. Bede’s Dental Clinic, we prioritize an individual approach to each patient, addressing all aesthetic and functional requirements, but above all, focusing on the health of the teeth on which we intend to place crowns. The duration of the crown-making procedure depends on the number of teeth but typically takes 7-10 days on average. During this time, patients can wear temporary teeth to ease the waiting period until the crowns or bridges are ready.
If you are uncertain about the type of tooth covering to choose, call us to schedule your free examination and consultation.