The Evolution of Dental Crowns: From Metal to Lifelike All-Porcelain at Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, MN

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Over the years, dental crowns have undergone significant advancements in both materials and technology. Gone are the days when metal crowns dominated the dental world, leaving patients with noticeable and unnatural-looking restorations. At Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, MN, our team, including Dr. Jensen, Dr. Bertrand, and Dr. Moore, takes pride in providing state-of-the-art crowns that are not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing. In this blog post, we will explore the evolution of dental crowns and how the latest advancements, such as all-porcelain materials like lithium disilicate or “e.max,” have revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry.

The Rise of All-Porcelain Crowns:

In the past, crowns were primarily made of metal or metal fused with porcelain. While these materials were functional, the visible metal interface and lack of natural
translucency limited their aesthetic appeal. However, advancements in dental materials have paved the way for all-porcelain crowns that closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

Lithium Disilicate – The Gold Standard: At Smile Design Dentistry, we prioritize the use of high-quality materials for our patients’ crowns. One such material is lithium disilicate, often referred to as “e.max.” This advanced ceramic material offers exceptional strength, durability, and lifelike esthetics. With its ability to replicate the natural translucency of tooth enamel, e.max crowns seamlessly blend with your existing teeth, creating a harmonious and natural-looking smile.

Customized Restorations for a Perfect Fit:

Every patient is unique, and their dental needs differ. That’s why our team takes a personalized approach to crown restorations. While e.max is superb material for dental crowns, it is not the right solution for every tooth needing a crown. We take into account many factors in helping select the crown material that will suit your aesthetic and functional needs best. As an example, zirconia crowns are sometimes considered for patients that grind their teeth often.  Using the latest technology, such as our Itero scanner, we eliminate the need for traditional putty impressions. The digital scanning process ensures precise measurements and a comfortable experience for our patients.

Collaborating with a Trusted Local Lab:

To maintain the highest quality standards, we partner with select reputable local dental labs. This collaboration allows us to communicate closely with the lab
technicians, ensuring that each crown is custom-crafted to meet our patients’ specific needs. The combination of our expertise and the lab’s skill results in crowns that are both durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Experience the Difference at Smile Design Dentistry:

If you’re in need of a dental crown, visit Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, MN. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Jensen, Dr. Bertrand, and Dr. Moore, along with our dedicated team, are committed to providing the highest level of care using the latest advancements in dental technology.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover how our lifelike, all-porcelain crowns can restore the beauty and functionality of your smile.

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