Porcelain Crowns
Lincoln, NE

Rendering of jaw with dental crown from Star City Dental in Lincoln, NEYour teeth are responsible for several functions, as well as the aesthetics of your mouth. Even if a single tooth is lost, it can impact how you eat, speak, smile, and take care of your oral health. Fortunately, at Star City Dental, if your tooth is lost or damaged beyond repair, we can offer you multiple teeth restoration options, including porcelain crowns.

What is a Porcelain Crown?


A porcelain crown is an artificial cap made up of high-grade porcelain that is placed on top of your natural tooth or an implant to replace a lost or to support a damaged tooth. It is in the shape of the part of tooth that is visible above the gumline.
A porcelain crown can be made in a dental lab or it can be made within a dental clinic and placed in your mouth on the same day, using CEREC technology.

What are CEREC Crowns?


CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and can be used to create chair-side high-grade porcelain crowns.
These crowns are made using CAD/CAM technology and are quite popular because they allow you to stroll out of the dentist office in just a couple of hours with a full smile.
At Star City Dental, Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford will first numb the area around the affected tooth to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. The tooth will then be shaved down to accommodate your crown.
Once the tooth has been prepared, we will take the impression of your mouth using an intraoral camera, which will take 3D imagery of your tooth. The pictures will then be sent to a monitor screen where we will zoom it and make some final changes to it using the CAD/CAM technology.
The impression will then be sent to a milling machine, which will then create a dental crown from a high-grade porcelain block in just minutes.
We will then use a resin cement material, which will stick the crown to your tooth.

Benefits of a Porcelain Crown


If you want to have a strong, white, and natural looking tooth, a porcelain crown is a good choice:
•  Looks very natural: Porcelain is a white, light-reflecting material that strongly resembles the enamel. A porcelain crown is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth as it shines the same way as the enamel. Additionally, the crown extends down to the gumline reaffirming the illusion of a natural tooth.
•  Can be tinted: Porcelain can be colored easily to match the exact color of your teeth. Because of this, people who require crowns for their front teeth prefer porcelain crowns.
•  Hypoallergenic: Porcelain is a bio-compatible material, meaning it does not cause any allergic reactions in human tissues.
•  Resistant to stains: Porcelain is also very resistant to stains and remains white and shiny for a long time.
•  Maintained like natural teeth: There is no special cleaning or care requirements for porcelain teeth. These teeth do not require special maintenance and you can clean them just like your normal teeth.


Limitations of a Porcelain Crown


Porcelain crowns also come with a few limitations:
•  Porcelain is fragile: Porcelain is not as strong as metal and can crack or chip off if it is subjected to a huge amount of stress. Hence, we recommend you use porcelain crowns for low pressure area like your front teeth.
•  Porcelain crowns are an irreversible procedure: Porcelain crowns require significant amount of the tooth structure to be shaved off so that it can easily and tightly sit on your tooth. However, the thicker girth makes porcelain crowns stronger.
•  Porcelain crowns are expensive: Porcelain crowns are very expensive and they cost more than base-metal and porcelain fused to metal crowns. Gold crowns are the only crowns that cost more than porcelain crowns.


Porcelain crowns are very effective tooth restoration options and they also cost a lot so you need to take care of them by exercising good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. Porcelain crowns, or any dental crown for that matter, cannot prevent bacteria from re-infecting your tooth so good oral care is a must.
If you are concerned about your dental health, call us today at (402) 858-0525 to schedule a consultation with us so that we can discuss your treatment option.
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