ALL CERAMIC CROWNS

These are type of cosmetic crowns which are made purely from ceramic and no other material. This is in contrast to other types of crowns such as the porcelain fused to metal variety and gold crowns.

The defining feature of these crowns is that they are made from a translucent material which is attractive to look at and blends in well with the rest of your teeth.

This means a top quality crown which will last for many years. The majority of all ceramic crowns are produced using computer technology, e.g. CAD/CAM technology which is based upon 3D design.

Another option is metal ceramic crowns.

There are two types of ceramic crown:

  • Zirconia
  • E-Max
These are both discussed further in separate sections.

ADVANTAGES OF ALL CERAMIC CROWNS

These crowns are ideally suited to people who have minimal space within their mouth for a crown or prefer something which has a natural appearance. They are made from a thinner material which results in a lighter crown plus the material used is ‘bio-compatible’ which is kind to natural gum tissue and enables it to grow back alongside the crown. There is no risk of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

ALL CERAMIC BRIDGES

An all ceramic bridge is a good alternative to the standard porcelain fused to metal bridge which was the standard choice of bridge for many people. But advances in dental technology have resulted in strong, long lasting materials such as ceramic which means it is possible to produce a bridge which is pleasing to the eye. A good example of this type of bridge is the zirconia bridge. This is discussed in more detail in a separate section. An all ceramic bridge is often a preferred form of treatment for a missing tooth or teeth.