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All Porcelain Crown: Code D2740

An all-porcelain crown, also known as a porcelain or ceramic crown, is a dental restoration that is used to cover and protect a damaged or weakened tooth. Unlike traditional crowns that may have a metal or metal alloy base, all-porcelain crowns are made entirely of ceramic materials, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Crown refers to the restoration of teeth where a fabricated crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth.

All Porcelain Crown refers to those non-metal, non-resin inorganic refractory compounds processed at high temperatures and pressed, polished or milled – including porcelains, glasses, and glass-ceramics.



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Here are some key features and considerations regarding all-porcelain crowns:

Aesthetic Appeal: All-porcelain crowns closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. They can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth, making them an excellent choice for front teeth where esthetics are important.

Biocompatibility: Porcelain is a biocompatible material, meaning it is generally well-tolerated by the body. It is a suitable option for individuals with metal allergies or sensitivities.

Strength and Durability: Advances in dental ceramics have improved the strength and durability of all-porcelain crowns. While they may not be as strong as some metal-based crowns, they are suitable for restoring teeth in low-stress areas.

Reduced Metal Visibility: The absence of metal eliminates the potential for a dark line at the gumline, which can sometimes occur with metal-based crowns.

Natural Translucency: Porcelain has a natural translucency that allows light to pass through, similar to natural tooth enamel. This helps create a more lifelike appearance.

Cautions: All-porcelain crowns may not be recommended for areas of the mouth with heavy biting forces, such as molars. In such cases, other materials like porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns or zirconia crowns may be preferred for their additional strength.


The process of getting an all-porcelain crown typically involves:
  • Tooth Preparation: The affected tooth is prepared by removing any decay or damaged structure.
  • Impressions: Impressions of the prepared tooth are taken to create an accurate model.
  • Crown Fabrication: The crown is custom-made in a dental laboratory based on the impressions.
  • Crown Placement: Once the crown is ready, it is permanently cemented onto the prepared tooth.


Here’s a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about porcelain crowns:

What is a porcelain crown?

A porcelain crown is a dental restoration that covers and protects a damaged or weakened tooth. It is designed to resemble the natural color and appearance of a tooth.

Why choose a porcelain crown?

Porcelain crowns are popular because of their natural appearance. They can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.

How is a porcelain crown different from other types of crowns?

Porcelain crowns are known for their cosmetic appeal as they closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Other types of crowns, such as metal or ceramic-fused-to-metal crowns, may not offer the same level of aesthetic benefits.

What are the advantages of porcelain crowns?

Advantages include natural appearance, biocompatibility, and durability. Porcelain is also resistant to stains, making it a good choice for front teeth.

How is a porcelain crown placed?

The process involves preparing the tooth by removing a portion of its outer structure, taking impressions, and then placing a temporary crown. The final porcelain crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory and cemented onto the prepared tooth during a subsequent appointment.

How long do porcelain crowns last?

With proper care and oral hygiene, porcelain crowns can last 10-15 years or more. Regular dental check-ups and good oral habits are essential for maintaining the longevity of the crown.

Is the procedure painful?

The tooth preparation process is usually done under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after the anesthesia wears off.

Are there any risks or complications?

Complications are rare, but there is a small risk of sensitivity, allergic reactions, or the crown not fitting properly. Your dentist will discuss potential risks with you before the procedure.

Can I eat normally with a porcelain crown?

Yes, once the crown is securely in place, you can eat normally. However, it’s advisable to avoid biting on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages to prevent damage to the crown.

How do I care for a porcelain crown?

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Attend regular dental check-ups, and avoid habits like teeth grinding or chewing on hard objects that could damage the crown.

Can a porcelain crown be whitened if it stains over time?

Unlike natural teeth, porcelain crowns do not respond to teeth whitening procedures. If the crown becomes stained or discolored, replacement may be necessary.

Remember that individual experiences may vary, and it’s important to consult with your dentist for personalized advice and information based on your specific dental needs.