Dental Crowns are used in a variety of situations to act as a protective cap over a broken down or heavily filled natural tooth, and to restore the shape, colour and alignment of the teeth to restore them to natural aesthetics.
There are many types of tooth caps available, but the most important determinants in getting the best aesthetic result and maintain gum healthy are the skills and aesthetic accuracy of the dentist and ceramist who makes the crowns. And just like the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, what some clinicians and patients accept as being ‘aesthetic’ may be quite different to how others perceive it. Thus the end result is highly dependant on the quality standards of the clinic and all the people involved in the treatment.
This patient had Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) crowns done elsewhere and was unhappy with their dull and grey appearance. At Centre for Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry we may also offer similar type of caps, but we would strive for better aesthetics even with the same ‘kind’ of caps.
In this case we used a different kind called All-Ceramic Crowns in order to improve light transmission and were able to re-treat the case to offer improved aesthetics.
Note that in addition to the teeth in the ‘After’ photo looking far more ‘alive’, the gums are not inflamed like in the ‘Before’ picture. Gum inflammation after capping of teeth is often caused by bulky or rugged margins on a microscopic level, and this again is one of those things that are demonstrative of the quality standards of both the dentist who prepares the teeth and the ceramics technician.