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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 the dental professionals 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. Baltazar has been our family dentist for more than 20 years. In all that time, we have received only the absolute best quality care and treatment. His credentials, expertise and reputation are all impeccable.
Whether the treatment plan is simple or complex, he has always taken as much time as necessary to make sure we understand exactly what is to be done and why. We never feel like we're being rushed or being confused by complex technical jargon. One of my fears used to The Needle, but I am still continually amazed by his precise, gentle and deft administration of anesthesia. I actually sort of look forward to it!
His assistants and staff deserve praise, too. Both the front office staff and his technicians are always considerate, cheerful but also knowledgeable. Long-time office manager Cecilia has always been so helpful and friendly to us that we practically regard her as another family member.
Just as we came to Dr. Baltazar's practice by way of an enthusiastic recommendation from a trusted friend, we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for the best dentist in town.

Tim Scott and Linda Fetch

Dr. B.~ You have set a high bar of expectations for any dentist who treats me to attempt to reach. I cannot thank you enough for all of the outstanding care you have provided to me over these last few years. May the Lord bless you in the next 30 (or however many) years of your practice! With fond gratitude,

Margaret Lowing

You'll not find a more caring, personal dentist around! I've been going to him for over 10 years. My two young daughters even requested to go to him OVER their previous childhood dentist (who had video games and movies playing at all times) which says alot! Dr. Baltazar is a dentist you can trust with yourself and your family!

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