What are Ceramic Dental Crowns?

March 1, 2015 |

Dental Treatments

Dental crowns are one of the most effective and widely used tooth restoration procedures today. Crowns can be made of various materials, including ceramic. Ceramic or high-quality porcelain material has the advantage that it can mimic the natural color and appearance of the tooth enamel. At the same time, ceramic is fairly strong and sustainable substance with high resistance to stains and coloration.

Dr. Chris Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing ceramic crowns and other treatments to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth, Franktown, CO, and nearby areas. Dr. Baer will evaluate a patient’s tooth condition before recommending ceramic crowns or another appropriate dental restoration.

Need for Ceramic Crowns

A dentist may recommend the use of ceramic crowns for the following purposes:

  •       The tooth has become weak due to decay and needs to be strengthened.
  •       The tooth has cracked, and a ceramic crown can hold its parts together.
  •       The tooth is partially broken or substantially worn down, requiring a restoration.
  •       Providing structural cover to a dental implant.
  •       Providing cosmetic cover to a discolored or misshaped tooth.
  •       To hold a dental bridge in place.

Dr. Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist who provides various dental crown options, including ceramic crowns to his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth, Franktown, CO and other locations.

Benefits and Limitations

All-porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns offer a key advantage over all other crown materials. In purely aesthetic terms, they provide the most natural color match, and it can be difficult to spot a ceramic crown from outside. Some people may be prone to allergies from metals, and may not like to use metal crowns. Ceramic material will most likely be the safest in terms of allergy risks.

One of the limitations with ceramic crowns can be that their strength may not be as prolific as that of metal crowns. In the posterior teeth, where the chewing and grinding pressure of the teeth are the highest, metal crowns may be more suitable. In the front teeth, ceramic crowns are preferable because these teeth are easily visible from outside.

Some patients may also opt for a middle way between ceramic and metal, and may choose porcelain crowns fused with metal. This enhances the strength of the crown, while also keep porcelain material on the outer side. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s ceramic exterior may show up as a dark line at the gums. Therefore, patients should make a careful choice of crowns in consultation with their dentist.


Ceramic crown treatment may usually involve two visits to the dentist’s office. The first stage involves preparation of the tooth, and the second stage involves placement of the permanent crown. During the first stage, the dentist will examine the condition of the tooth carefully with the help of a few X-rays. He will take impressions of the tooth, which will be used in the dental lab to custom fabricate the ceramic crown.

A temporary crown may be placed for about one to two weeks until the permanent crown is ready. During the second visit, the temporary crown will be taken off and replaced with the permanent crown. The dentist will check, adjust and fit the shape and color of the permanent crown, and then cement it into place firmly.