Dental Crowns

Lava or Empress Crowns


The esthetics and bio-compatibility of 3M ESPE's Lava restorations represent the optimum in all-ceramic systems. Lava restorations provide excellent esthetics with outstanding marginal fit and superior strength with a high fracture resistance. The Lava All-Ceramic System provides one of the most durable and esthetic all-ceramic restorations available. The Zirconia substructure does not distort when firing the veneering porcelain, unlike metal substructures. The translucent framework is available in 8 shades that provide beautifully natural esthetic results.

IPS Empress®

IPS Empress has remained one of the most popular all-ceramic systems for highly esthetic resin bonded crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays. A proven ceramic alternative to metallic restorations, IPS Empress offers patient satisfaction with aesthetic, natural looking restorations, by the exclusive use of ceramic materials. The utilization of bonded ceramic restorative materials is intended to reestablish function, shape, contour, color (hue, value and chroma), natural light transmission and strength of natural dentition. The constant high quality of the ceramic ingots ensures the reproduction of the physical values of the restorations case after case.

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Captek Crowns

This image visually shows off the difference between a standard PFM (Porcelain fused to Metal) and the Captek Crown. The vitality of the porcelain is much more impressive with the Captek Crown versus the standard PFM and the patient will not get the dark grey line around the gingiva if the tissue recedes around the Captek Crown. Captek, composite metal or internally reinforced gold is a research supported answer for the contemporary aesthetic dentist who desires the benefits of a PFM with aesthetics that rival that of Mother Nature. Captek's unique structure provides clinical advantages that simply do not exist in more traditional materials. The total composition of the coping is 88% gold, 4% platinum, 4% palladium, 3% silver and 1% iridium/ruthenium. As you can see above, Captek is not a homogeneous structure. The gold is used for its properties to absorb shock and vibration through the hard porcelain while creating a warm color canvas to the ceramics.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore and improve its shape, size, strength, function, and appearance. The dental crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. There are many reasons to diagnose a crown such as large tooth decay that will compromise the strength and longevity of the tooth if restored with fillings, a cracked tooth that needs to be protected circumferentially to avoid future fracture of the tooth, a large filling with recurrent decay or fracture lines destined to fail or fracture, to use as an abutment for a bridge, to protect a root canal treated tooth providing protection from fracture, to restore severely worn down teeth, to improve aesthetics and so on.

Thanks to the advances in Dentistry, when it comes to dental crowns, patients have many options to choose from.

To learn more about many choices you have please refer to the pages covering Lava crowns, Empress crowns, Captek crowns etc..

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