What Is a Porcelain Crown?

If you have dreaded dental treatment, at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, you can expect a completely fresh experience – treatment at a dental center that provides an incredible level of patient comfort, positivity, and where we create exceptionally beautiful smiles. If a tooth is damaged, a porcelain crown covers or “caps” the tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a damaged or broken tooth. Crowns can be constructed from a variety of materials including gold, full metal, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, and porcelain.

Why are Porcelain Crowns Superior?

You may have seen people with crowns that look fake or show a dark line at the gumline. This is usually caused by the metal margin of a porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown. While PFM crowns were a former standard, at Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we use porcelain crowns, which provide virtually the same strength but are highly superior in the aesthetic result – no dark line at the gumline.

What Can Crowns Fix?

Porcelain crowns are necessary when a tooth needs to be thoroughly restored due to any of the following problems:

  • Extreme decay leaving minimal natural tooth structure
  • Broken tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Oddly-shaped tooth
  • Discolored tooth or teeth

If a tooth is cracked, the crown holds the natural tooth structure together to seal cracks and prevent further decay and the potential loss of the tooth. Crowns can support a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth remaining, to attach a bridge, to protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or to create a more attractive smile.

How Does Getting a Porcelain Crown Work?

Traditional crowns require two appointments, a “prep” appointment, where the tooth is prepared for the crown, impressions of the tooth are taken and a temporary is placed, followed by final appointment to put the crown in place. The impressions are sent to a lab, where the crown is crafted by master ceramists. At the second appointment, the permanent crown will be cemented in place.

A Brilliant Smile That Appears Natural: Porcelain Crowns

Dental porcelain is a special substance that mimics the translucent look of natural teeth. These crowns are often placed in a smile restoration process, as they provide perfectly functioning teeth that are designed to appear completely natural – and are often more attractive than the tooth (or teeth) being covered. While some of the front teeth, if undamaged, can be enhanced with veneers, when the teeth have many fillings, are unsightly or discolored, odd in shape, or other similar problem, porcelain crowns are often the most attractive option for full smile restoration.

Why Visit Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you have a cosmetic dental problem, you have many options to choose from in Atlanta – but none of them can match the level of service and pampering you will receive at Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. You can discover a completely different type of cosmetic dental practice, built around providing a positive experience.

At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our team of doctors offers the most advanced techniques and procedures, performed with artistry, in a luxurious office with an extraordinary number of amenities, including massage therapy, custom leather dental chairs, noise-cancelling headphones, TVs to keep you entertained, and beautiful, aesthetically-pleasing tooth restorations.

Our Cosmetic Dentist is a Leader in the Field of the Cosmetic Dental Arts

Dr. Debra Gray King is one of the country’s most talented cosmetic dentists and has devoted her professional career to advancements in technology. She lectures extensively at training seminars throughout the country and is often called upon by the media to discuss the latest trends in cosmetic dentistry. She was featured on “Extreme Makeover,” and has been awarded “Best Cosmetic Dentist” by Best Self Atlanta for several years running. Your porcelain crowns will be in the hands of a true artist, known throughout the country as a leader in modern cosmetic dentistry.

Crowns in a Day with CEREC

Advancements in technology now allow patients to restore a tooth with a crown in a single visit to our clinic with a CEREC crown. These crowns are created in-office with digital X-rays and imaging, rather than molds. The digital data, once collected, is sent to the CEREC unit, which uses this digital information to manufacture the crown while you wait, after which it will be cemented in place with your tooth restoration completed in a single office visit.

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