All-Ceramic Dental Restorations – Gramercy Park, NY
Natural-Looking Smile Repairs and Enhancements
While metal restorations are durable and great for letting you chew normally again, they also tend to stand out in your mouth; you might end up feeling self-conscious about your teeth as a result. Dr. Newman can use all-ceramic restorations instead to give you a natural-looking smile that’s as attractive as it is functional and healthy. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about this treatment. Whether it’s for a cosmetic treatment or necessary repairs, we’ll give you a reason to grin again.
What are All-Ceramic Dental Restorations?
Restorations can be made out of many different materials such as gold, zirconia or metal alloys. However, our all-ceramic restorations are made out of porcelain, which has an advantage because it looks and feels like natural tooth enamel; not only will it be completely comfortable in your mouth, but people you meet for the first time won’t even realize that you’ve had any sort of dental work done!
Porcelain can be used to create:
- Dental crowns that can protect a damaged tooth or top a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
- Dental bridges that can replace one or more missing teeth at once.
- Inlays and onlays that can be used to replace old fillings.
Benefits of All-Ceramic Dental Restorations
- Protect the Tooth: Metal restorations might be slightly stronger than all-ceramic ones, but they can also cause additional dental damage; an all-ceramic restoration is safer in comparison.
- Improved Confidence: There’s no need to worry about people noticing your restoration; you’ll be able to speak and smile with complete confidence.
- Hypoallergenic: If you’re allergic or sensitive to metal, all-ceramic restorations are an especially good alternative.
- Stain Resistant: Your tooth’s enamel can become discolored over time thanks to what you eat and drink. However, porcelain is much harder to stain, meaning it’ll be easier to maintain a dazzling smile.
- Long-Lasting: If you take care of your restoration (which is as simple as brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist on a regular basis), it can easily last for a decade or longer.
The Process of Getting an All-Ceramic Restoration
Getting a ceramic crown, bridge, onlay or inlay typically takes at least two appointments. At your first appointment, any damaged parts of the tooth (such as those that have suffered from extensive decay) are removed. After that, we’ll likely have to remove some enamel so that the restoration will fit; in some cases, though, we might need to use composite resin to build the tooth up so that it can support the restoration in the first place.
When the tooth is ready, it’ll be time to take an impression that’ll be sent to a dental lab. The impression is used to create and customize a natural-looking restoration that’ll fit in your mouth and match your other teeth. This process might take a few weeks, so we may give you a temporary restoration to wear in the meantime. Once the permanent version is ready, you’ll come back for a second appointment to receive your restoration and complete your beautiful new smile!