Ceramic crowns and bridges

When a tooth is fractured or has a very large cavity or amalgam filling, it can be beautifully restorated with an all-ceramic crown.

  • Before treatment

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    After treatment

  • Before treatment

    before image

    After treatment

When a tooth is fractured or has a very large cavity or amalgam filling, it can be beautifully restorated with an all-ceramic crown. A crown is actually the same as a new enamel layer covering the tooth.

Crowns used to be made of gold with porcelain. Unfortunatley, these crowns often have unnatural colours and dark margins that sometimes shine through the gum or become visible when the gum has receded a few millimeters after some years.

Nowedays it is possible to fabricate full-ceramic (tooth-coloured) crowns. The inner part consists of a very strong (white-tooth-coloured) Aluminium-oxide or Zirconium-oxide cap, which is designed with a CAD-CAM system.
Porcelain is baked on top of this cap in the laboratory, and the crowns are individually finished, generally in the presence of the patient, to obtain the perfect result.

 

  • Before treatment

    before image

    After treatment

  • Before treatment

    before image

    After treatment

When one or more teeth are missing, we can replace them with implants (artificial Titanium roots) and crowns, or make a full-ceramic bridge.
A bridge consists of more crowns attached to each other with a crown in between them to replace the missing tooth.
These bridges can also be made of a strong and tooth coloured material: Zirconium-oxide.

As gold is not used in these bridges, they have a fresh and clear appearance and are indistinguishable from the natural teeth.

Often it is desirable when making porcelain crowns or bridges, to freshen up the original colour of the teeth with a Brite-Smile treatment first, as the colour of the porcelain cannot be changed after placement of the crowns. This makes it possible to choose a nice light porcelain colour.

In the first animation we see Danielle with old gold-porcelain crowns with an unnatural yellowish colour, dark margines and greyisch transparent front restorations.
After a Brite-Smile treatment to freshen up her lower front teeth, all the crowns in her upper jaw were replaced by full-ceramic crowns made of Aluminium-oxide. A nice full arch of upper teeth could be created, with a clear and fresh colour. The crowns in the upper jaw are also in better contact with the lower teeth now.

In the lower animation we see a four-unit full ceramic bridge of Zirconium placed in Alexander´s mouth.
Only recently has it become possible to even fabricate 12-unit Zirconium bridges…. also on implants!

In the last animation we see a lady with wear-worn, discolored and narrow front teeth. After the Brite-Smile treatment, 6 ceramic crowns are designed in the right size and finished in detail in the patient’s mouth. After placing, a beautiful, natural and regular smile is created. The treatment took place in three steps, spread over a period of three weeks.