Replacing Porcelain Crowns

Carolyn Before and After
This Westwood patient discovered how a skilled dentist can replace porcelain crowns. Going strong six years later. Natural looking porcelain crowns. Unaltered and Untouched Photos by Dr. Sam Muslin, Santa Monica, CA

Porcelain Crowns Replacement

The skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist of today can completely replace porcelain crowns with the new technology and materials and get results that are translucent and natural looking, and allow the gums grown back. The patient expectations are much higher than ever before and unfortunately, some patients are unhappy with work just recently completed in Westwood, California. Read more about the types of Dental Crowns in our dental services section.

Problems with Porcelain Crowns

The main problems are black lines at the gums, hot or cold sensitive teeth and bulky or fake-looking dental crowns. (Read more about this patients problem with Gum Recession and Gum Disease)

Black Lines on Porcelain Crowns

The hand and eye skill of the artistic cosmetic dentist is critical because the margins or junctions between the natural tooth and the porcelain crowns must be seamless. Old crowns have dark lines at the gum line (see button below for close up photos) and the porcelain is too opaque. The metal used under the porcelain can be less than a high noble gold and will oxidize at the gums causing a black line. The new, all porcelain crowns (such as Empress dental crowns, Procera zirconium porcelain crowns, Lava porcelain crowns) are better looking but break easier. The crown material selection is critical to the success of the treatment. This patient came from Westwood, California and was unhappy with how her dental crowns on her upper teeth looked. The crowns were replaced with an all ceramic porcelain system in only 2 visits.

Unaltered and Untouched Photos by Dr. Sam Muslin, Santa Monica, CA

Tooth Sensitivity After Bonding a Porcelain Crown

The problem of hot and cold teeth can arise when the junction of the crown and tooth is not exact. The tight junction between the tooth and the dental porcelain crown seals out moisture and bacterial contamination from causing sensitivity or dental decay. The teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures if the dental bonding process is not meticulously completed. There are special materials available that bond very well, kill germs under the crown for 90 days and give off fluoride under the crown preventing recurrent tooth decay.

When a Porcelain Crown is needed?

If the remaining tooth structure needs to be strengthened due to extensive dental decay or dental carries, a crown can cover the weakened tooth structure, seal out bacteria and add structural strength to the tooth. Dental Crowns (also known as Dental Caps) do not stain, and are very strong, look better than most natural teeth and last for many years.