These photos show some of the possible new smiles that are available to you at our Tijuana dental clinic. Know that each mouth is different, and the appearance of the smile can vary, but we can make a drastic difference it the way you look. The gaps can be filled in, the teeth made straighter, and with a new shape. Missing teeth can be replaced. At our dentist office in Tijuana, we love to work to give you the best smile possible. It can be life changing.
Materials used for dental crowns can be from less expensive porcelain fused to metal (pfm), to all porcelain crowns and veneers, (e.max), to porcelain fused to zirconia, and finally solid zirconia. The cost is a little different, and the aesthetic quality and strength is different.
A pfm crowns are basically a metal cap that is made to cover the tooth, and then porcelain is mounted to the crown. This is the least expensive, and although it can last for years, it doesn’t last as long as a zirconia crown. The porcelain can chip, over time, and the zirconia seals better. Pfm cannot be used for veneers, but only for crowns.
An e.max, all porcelain crown has the best aesthetic, and is best suited for front teeth, as they can chip on molars. These crowns have the nicest luminesce and look very natural. E.max is also commonly used for dental veneers, because of the cosmetic appearance.
Zirconia crowns are the best sealing, as they are made with a cad/cam design and fit very precisely over the prepped teeth. They are very hard and are given the longest warranty. Although they have new zirconium products that have luminesce and not are not opaque, for the most cosmetic appearance the dentist will use crowns that have a layer of porcelain in the front. Zirconia can also be used for veneers, and it works well, because it is chip proof.