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3 Steps to Designing the Perfect Porcelain Crown

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Crowns have a long history in dentistry as long-lasting but sometimes unattractive dental restorations. Nowadays, many people who need a crown are opting for a beautiful full porcelain restoration. Porcelain crowns reflect and absorb light the way natural tooth enamel does, making them virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. These restorations are highly esthetic because they don’t contain any metal. This means that if the gums recede, there is no unsightly dark gray line revealed.

Without any metal supporting it, how is this modern full porcelain crown made?

First of all, the dentist will choose a shade of porcelain that best matches your other teeth in color and translucency. If you wish to have whiter teeth, it is best to have that procedure done first. You can always have a crown made to match existing tooth color, but a crown cannot be bleached later on.

Next, the dentist will prepare your tooth by carefully trimming it down so that the crown will have a snug fit. CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing) software is used to take a scan of the prepared tooth. The program uses this scan to determine what the finished tooth should look like.

Finally, the machine uses the design to mill the crown from the block of porcelain selected by the dentist. This happens in a matter of minutes, and the dentist will carefully cement your new crown in place before you leave the office.

Designing the perfect porcelain crown can be done in a single visit, eliminating the need for a temporary crown. A full porcelain crown is strong, lasting, and esthetically-pleasing. Ask your dentist about how a porcelain crown may be perfect for you!

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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

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