How Dentistry is like Art

In the fall of 2014 we got our hands on a new way of restoring a child’s primary teeth that have awesome aesthetic results. This new product is produced by Cheng Crowns and it is their Zirconia line. We were drawn to try this new product by the description that is offered on the Cheng Crown website; it says that these crowns are “more durable than natural enamel”, that the “translucency makes the Zirconia the closest to an actual tooth” and “they have slim facials, thin walls and low mesiodistal arches”. In other words, these characteristics allow for a perfect fit for each patient.

Prior to using the Zirconia crowns we used a stainless steel crown that had a resin coated facial or front; so it is still silver on the back side. The personal preference of using Zirconia crowns is because they have such an aesthetic look that makes them look the best compared to other options of crowns. The assistants in the office like to use these crowns because they are very durable, they are easier to get clean and nothing chips off of them. On the typical crown the resin coating can chip off leaving the silver to show. Insurance companies typically do not cover the replacement of a crown or even filling. So that leaves a disappointed parent to choose between the cost of a new crown or doing nothing and having an unaesthetic looking crown.

It is important to mention that Zirconia crowns are not for every patient. There are dental cases that the classic or typical stainless steel crown is still the best option for the appropriate care of a patient. Finding a crown that is similar in size and color to the existing teeth can sometimes be challenging. The goal is to find the most pleasing crown and match it to the rest of the mouth. Our goal is for the end result to make an unhealthy tooth look asthetic and healthy again. When we find a product that helps our result go beyond our goals with its durability and easy care for the patient we have created a masterpiece.

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In the before photo the patient has noticeable decay on her anterior teeth, in the after photo we have done a nerve treatment and crowned the two anterior (front) teeth with the Zirconia crowns.

In the before photo the patient has noticeable decay on her anterior teeth, in the after photo we have done a nerve treatment and crowned three of her four anterior (front) teeth with Zirconia crowns.

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