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4 Types Of Ceramic Dental Crowns

Your teeth perform many functions on a daily basis. They are responsible for chewing your food, the smile that gives you a beautiful appearance, and a strong and healthy jawbone. But when a tooth becomes damaged or weakened, pain and discomfort can occur—preventing you from performing simple tasks, like eating. Even simple wear and tear can alter the shape of your teeth, detracting from the appearance of your smile. 

Thankfully, advancements in technology and the use of biocompatible materials have allowed for ceramic crown dental restorations, which are a safer alternative to traditional metal restorations. The former can strengthen damaged teeth and provide a natural-looking appearance so you can confidently smile back.

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What Are Ceramic Dental Crowns?

A crown is a dental restoration that “caps'' the entire visible portion of a damaged or weak tooth. It is a great way to strengthen broken and damaged teeth caused by tooth decay or dental injury. Some of the benefits of ceramic dental crowns include:

  • Natural appearance
  • No allergic reactions 
  • More comfortable than metal crowns
  • Made with safe, biocompatible materials

Ceramic dental crowns can be used to solve several dental concerns such as:

  • Protecting a weak or cracked tooth
  • Restoring a broken tooth
  • Holding a dental bridge in place
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Covering imperfections such as severe discolouration
  • Supporting a tooth with a large filling

During your dental exam, your dentist will let you know if you require crown restoration and will outline a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

4 Types Of Ceramic Crowns

With new advancements in dental technology and materials, patients and dentists have a variety of ceramic materials to choose from. The 4 ceramic materials include:

Lithium Disilicate Crowns

These all-ceramic crowns are made out of thin and light lithium disilicate. These crowns are extremely resilient with a high flexural rate (durability), allowing them to withstand hard biting and chewing. They are regularly used to restore front teeth thanks to their aesthetic appearance.

Solid Or Monolithic Zirconia

Solid or monolithic zirconia crowns are used for posterior restorations as they are virtually unbreakable. They provide a very precise, secure fit and have different shades available to match neighbouring teeth. Because of the smoothness and durability of this crown, it is commonly used for patients who have bruxism (a condition where you unconsciously grind your teeth).

High Translucent Zirconia

High translucent zirconia is made of highly biocompatible materials, promoting a healthy response to surrounding tissue. They are traditionally used for anterior restorations because of their low flexural strength. 

This crown offers lifelike translucency as it transmits the color of adjacent teeth, thus blending in extremely well with the rest of your teeth. The translucency of these crowns are formed by how materials are processed, which minimizes impurities and structural defects.

Leucite Reinforced Pressable Porcelain Crowns

Leucite reinforced pressable porcelain crowns are famous for combining high durability with great aesthetics. These crowns have high translucency and can transmit the shade from adjacent teeth, allowing them to match the shade of the surrounding teeth even in the most difficult cases. These crowns can mimic a natural appearance but are not as durable as the other options. 

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Contact Us Today For Ceramic Crown Dental Solutions

A good dental crown conceals and strengthens a tooth without skimping on the cosmetics. To know which ceramic dental crown is right for you, visit your dentist to receive professional advice. Each ceramic crown comes with its own advantages, and your dentist will make sure the correct option matches your personal needs and lifestyle.

At Dr. Korol Dental, our team uses only the best biocompatible materials to preserve your natural tooth structure. We provide long-lasting restorations that will decrease the risk of failed treatment and the need for extensive root canals in the long term. To learn more about our ceramic dental crown restorations, contact us today by calling (403) 245-9099 or by filling out our online contact form.


Q: What is the procedure for dental crown installation?
A: Your dentist will begin by preparing the tooth that requires a crown. This includes an x-ray to see the root of the tooth to make sure there is no need for a root canal. Using a local anesthetic, your dentist will begin filing down the tooth to make room for the crown. If a large portion of the tooth is missing, your dentist will use a material to enlarge the tooth so it can be fitted to hold the crown in place. Your dentist will then use a putty material to make an impression of the selected tooth. The impression will be sent to a lab to get a custom crown made in the shade you and your dentist have selected. 

This process will take anywhere from 2-3 weeks, and you will be fitted with a temporary crown until it is ready. During your second appointment, your dentist will make sure the new crown fits perfectly and its shade matches that of your other teeth. Finally, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to cement the crown in place.

Q: How long does it take to heal from a dental crown procedure?
A: Tooth sensitivity and slight discomfort can be felt for 2 weeks following the second visit. Your tooth will require sensitive care, but discomfort should subside over time as you get used to talking and chewing with the crown.

Q: How long does a ceramic crown last?
A: On average, ceramic crowns last for 15 years.


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