Ceramic crowns are used during dental reconstruction to cover defective teeth. They are attached directly either to the tooth enamel or a special metal implant. Ceramic crowns are usually made from high-quality porcelain or pressed ceramics with their strength and appearance perfectly resembling that of true dental enamel.
Ceramic crowns are especially designed to provide stability, protection and an improved look to impaired teeth. They are a product of a detailed procedure which provides custom-made teeth for every patient type. Part of the requirement is to make sure the crowns are shaped exactly as the old tooth for optimum patient comfort. This is made possible by a creating a mold out of the patient’s teeth and then sending it to the laboratory to finally design the ceramic crowns.
The very first ceramic crown is a brainchild of Charles H. Land, who in 1889 created what they call back then as “jacket crowns”. These first ceramic crowns cover the teeth with porcelain but their strength was questioned after little cracks were found on the inside. The use of ceramic crowns was even more revolutionized in the late 50′s when Abraham Weinstein introduced the use of metal implants to secure the porcelain crowns. The next two decades (50′s and 60′s) witnessed a development in manufacturing which resulted to stronger and more durable ceramic crowns.
Another innovative approach in ceramic crown manufacturing happened in mid-1990s. This is when computers were first used to enable a faster, more affordable and efficient production. Thanks to this technology, a block of ceramics can now easily produce crowns guided by a computerized mold of patient’s teeth. Without any doubt, professionals working within the ceramic dentistry have more options to offer for patients with varying needs.