Ceramic crowns or all porcelain dental crowns (”caps”) are different names for the same type of crown (”cap”).
Crowns/Caps offer a natural looking solution for:
In the past, dentists used the old metal to porcelain crowns. They had a metal inside with tooth colored porcelain added on top of it. These crowns were and still are very strong — the problem is that these crowns are opaque, and do not reflect light as do natural teeth.
New technology has allowed us to make ceramic crowns that are just as strong – if not stronger – as the older porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns – and are also more esthetic!
Without the metal inside, we can save tooth structure and minimize the risk of you needing a potential root canal or developing sensitivity. Ceramic crowns are also much more esthetic and they do not have the ugly black line at the gum line.
All-porcelain (ceramic) crowns can be made to match the light transmitting properties of natural teeth and will not stain or change color. The crowns come in different types of porcelain so we try to use extra strong porcelain types for your back chewing teeth and more esthetic porcelain types for your front teeth.
No More Black Lines at the Gumline
One of the esthetic problems that can occur with traditional PFM crowns is the black line the one can often see at the gumline — especially when there is recession. With ceramic crowns there is no metal — so you will never see a black line when you smile!