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Dean Cosmetic Dentistry Cerec Porcelain Crowns

Traditionally, porcelain dental crowns required a metal framework to give the crown adequate strength. But with modern advances in bonding technology, dental crowns can be made of all-porcelain.

Porcelain is a beautiful restoration material because it reflects light just like your natural teeth do. It is excellent in mimicking the translucency and gloss of your natural tooth. In fact, an all-porcelain crown created by an expert cosmetic dentist like Dr. Dean will blend in perfectly and look identical to the surrounding teeth.

A Comparison of All-Porcelain to Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns

Porcelain crowns offer many benefits:

  • Porcelain reflects light just like your tooth enamel. It is a beautiful way to restore a tooth.  When metal is used, the porcelain is baked on to the metal. This action results in an opaque-looking layer so it tends to look fake.
  • It is almost inevitable that a thin black line will form along the gumline when metal is used. Dentists can make an effort to conceal the metal below the gum, but there is no way to guarantee that it will remain hidden. When all-porcelain is used, it is bonded directly to the tooth so there is no risk of a black line appearing.
  • Traditionally, porcelain crowns haven’t been as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal. But with newer materials and new technology, they have become strong enough to be used on back teeth.
  • All-porcelain crowns require additional training beyond dental school in order to learn how to use the advanced bonding technology. Dr. Dean is confident in his abilities in using these advanced techniques. Some dentists just feel more comfortable with the basic porcelain-fused-to-metal techniques they learned in dental school.
  • Dr Dean is a Cerec mentor and trainer educating other dentist on this incredible dental technology.

You can see an example of how these two types of crowns differ in appearance in the images.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are opaque in color. The thin black line is visible near the gumline.

All-porcelain is much more aesthetically-pleasing. It blends in perfectly with the surrounding teeth.