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Procera® Crowns

Traditionally, prosthodontic crowns were comprised of porcelain fused to metal.  This solid combination is still used by many dental professionals as a simple, cost effective option.  More recently however, the introduction of fully ceramic Procera® crowns have changed the aesthetic appearance of many smiles.  Procera® crowns function in exactly the same way as traditional crowns, but their fully ceramic composition means that the restoration looks far more natural.

Dental crowns are usually placed to strengthen an injured tooth.  All dental professionals agree that when possible, it is advantageous to restore a natural tooth rather than replace it with a prosthetic alternative.  Procera® crowns are precision-engineered to create a beautiful fit and restore full functionality to the injured tooth.

Why might a Procera® crown be necessary?

Unlike the majority of the rest of the body, the teeth do not have extensive healing capabilities.  Therefore, once the enamel (or surface) of the tooth is injured in some manner, it does not have the ability to heal itself.  Dental crowns are placed to stabilize damaged teeth and permanently prevent the propagation of further damage.  Enamel may be injured by trauma, bacterial infections or decay. Crowns are often used to seal teeth after root canal therapy.

Procera® crowns have many advantages over the porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) alternative, including:

  • Exact color matching – Procera® crowns can be created in a color that will perfectly match the color of existing teeth.  This means the restoration is invisible to onlookers.
  • No metal base – The partially ceramic traditional crowns do look somewhat natural on top, but an unsightly metal band still exists near the base of the tooth.  Procera® crowns completely eliminate the metal aspect.
  • Biocompatibility – Procera® crowns have been engineered to encourage the gums to grow back around them.  This means that eventually, full gum symmetry and stability is achieved.
  • Custom fitting – Highly skilled technicians create custom Procera® crowns to ensure that a perfect fit is achieved.

What is involved in getting a Procera® crown?

Placing a crown is a common and straightforward procedure that dental professionals perform on a regular basis.  X-rays and impressions are taken and a thorough examination is conducted prior to treatment.  It is important for a dental professional to assess the health of adjacent teeth and gums, to ensure that there are no underlying issues.

A local anesthetic is administered while the tooth is being shaped.  The shaping is necessary to ensure that the crown will fit snugly on the tooth.  This process is done slowly and carefully to ensure that the soft tissue around the tooth is not damaged.  When the tooth is fully prepared, the dental professional creates an accurate mold of the tooth and chooses the porcelain color.  A temporary crown is placed while the custom Procera® crown is being created at the laboratory.

At the next appointment, the temporary crown is removed.  The inner tooth is thoroughly cleansed to ensure that any bacteria are eliminated.  The permanent Procera® crown is affixed to the tooth using luting cement, and a beautiful smile is created.

If you have questions or concerns about Procera® crowns, please contact our office.

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Dr. Beaty is an awesome Dentist! She also has a terrific Team of assistants who go above and beyond to make all patients feel comfortable. I would probably be the youngest person in history to have dentures if it wasn’t for Dr. Beaty. My family and I have been going to Dr. Beaty for over 20 years. I was looking for a pediatric dentist and when I called the office to make an appointment for another dentist, I was informed that Dr. Beaty had taken over the practice. I was assured she was great with children and she definitely did not disappoint! Dr. Beaty and her staff are excellent with children. My son was 3 and my daughter was 8 when we became patients of Dr. Beaty’s and since that union, my children have always looked forward to going to the dentist. Dr. Beaty – as well as her entire staff – have awesome personalities, terrific bedside manner and just overall kindness and concern for their patients. I have never been to a more dedicated, compassionate dentist who deeply cares about preserving your teeth. Dr. Beaty has always explained all treatment options, procedures, and the costs involved for those procedures. DB Dentistry follows-up with their patients to make sure there are no complications from procedures and that the patient is doing well. Even when she referred my children to the Orthodontist for braces, she made sure to check on their progress and to make sure we (especially the children) were comfortable with her referral. Dr. Beaty made sure that the excellent care her office provided was also being provided by her referral. To add to the excellent patient care, the amenities offered are above and beyond – from the chair massage, to the paraffin hand wax, to the warm neck wrap, to the mellow music. Feels more like going to a spa instead of seeing the dentist. Over the years, I have referred many family members and co-workers to Dr. Beaty and they remain patients. While Dr. Beaty is not an in-network dentist through my insurance, it is WELL worth the few dollars more to have peace of mind, comfort, and awesome care. I often think, I called looking for a dentist and gained a well-trusted and most respected friend. My family loves Dr. Beaty and DB Dentistry. They are THE BEST!!

Sandra

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Michael

Dear Dr. Beaty,

What I appreciate most about your dental practice is your focus on the future. Rather than scold a patient for poor past dental care, you work with the patient to build better habits going forward.

I also appreciate your efforts to relieve patients’ anxiety about visiting the dentist. Some days the hot neck wrap, paraffin hand dip, or just the pleasant view turn a stressful experience into a relaxing one.

Matthew

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