When most of the tooth structure is destroyed, a ceramic crown is the best choice, as it best replaces the natural features of your tooth and protects the remainder from further decay!
There are several types of ceramic crowns, from metal ceramic and titanium ceramic to all ceramic crowns. All ceramic crowns are state of the art in current dental medicine. They mimic the natural tooth most faithfully, are fully biocompatible and are the best for gums.
What role do metal, titanium and zirconium play in ceramic crowns?
All ceramic crowns are of limited firmness, which means that they cannot sustain great pressure (particularly if they support lost teeth within a bridge). In order to compensate for this, ceramic materials are applied to metal, titanium or zirconium substructures. In this case, zirconium represents the best choice as it comes in the tooth colour, and it is not necessary to apply ceramic layers in order to hide the metal or titanium. Moreover, zirconium enables illumination of the gums, as in natural teeth, which significantly contributes to aesthetics.
Ceramic crowns are used to:
- Replace broken or used tooth crowns
- Return lost aesthetics
- Upgrade a tooth implant
- As a bridge support
- Replace a tooth destroyed by caries
For frequently asked questions regarding crowns, please see FAQ-crowns