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Implant Crowns That Look Natural at Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

Imagine the devastation one must feel when they lose a front tooth. Modern dentistry has eased that blow with the advent of tooth implants but still the challenge remains of matching the new implant crown to the natural surrounding teeth perfectly. Compromises in the esthetics or the appearance of the implant crown cannot be afforded when dealing with an upper front tooth. Many times what will happen when front teeth are not restored to match natural teeth is an avoidance to smile and ultimately a negative change in personality. Our smile is the first thing most people notice and when we smile we leave the impression that we are a happy person.
This is a case where an implant crown was made on the upper left central incisor and composite bonding was placed on the upper right central incisor in order to better match the crown. The poor, unnatural esthetics took their toll on the confidence of this patient so she sought out our services to get her natural smile back. After tooth whitening we replaced the implant crown and restored the adjacent central with the same material, porcelain. We customized these restorations in her mouth in order to achieve her natural look. Our unique advantage, at Hamburg Expressions, is our in-office lab. This allows us to perfect restorations in the mouth and process them in our lab while the patient is in the chair. The outcome was fabulous! We have naturally appearing front teeth and most importantly a happy patient who loves to smile!

Porcelain: Crowns vs. Veneers

Porcelain Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers

Both porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers have unique advantages and limitations that make them appropriate for treating specific dental concerns. For example, all ceramic or porcelain dental crowns improve both the appearance and function of injured or damaged teeth. They cover and protect the entire surface area of the tooth, eliminating pain and restoring strength. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, typically address only cosmetic concerns and are applied to otherwise healthy teeth. Stains, minor chips, misalignment, or other imperfections can be concealed with the thin porcelain shells, which slide over the front surface of teeth. Also, because they cover less of the natural tooth, less tooth structure has to be removed to accommodate porcelain veneers.

A dentist can provide more information on porcelain crowns versus porcelain veneers and help determine which treatment is best for you based on cost and your unique goals and needs.

What is the Average Cost of Dental Crowns?

The average cost of a dental crown varies. Often, the type of dental crown plays the most significant role in determining its price. For example, all ceramic or porcelain crowns tend to cost more than other types of dental crowns because they are more time-consuming and require greater skill to be applied correctly. Additionally, because all porcelain crowns provide the most natural appearance, they typically cost more than porcelain fused to metal or all metal crowns. Most doctors offer cosmetic dentistry financing to make the dental crown procedure more affordable for patients.

What to do if your 12 year old child breaks a front tooth…

When a child is between the ages of 6 and 18 years old it can be very challenging to fix or restore a broken or damaged front tooth.  Porcelain veneers are the most ideal treatment for any broken, permanent, front tooth but investing that much into a tooth that is still changing and erupting fully can result in the need to replace the porcelain veneer sooner than later. At about the age of 18 years of age our upper incisors are very close to full eruption and ready for a long lasting porcelain crown or veneer. Prior to age 18,if a front tooth is badly broken, composite bonding or fillings can be done to mimic the original tooth form. It is always a challenge to match composite resin materials for a single, front, damaged tooth to the exact form, shade and value of an adjacent, natural tooth. Seek out the services of a great cosmetic dentist who proudly displays many before and after smile makeovers on their website. This week I was fortunate enough to offer my cosmetic dentistry services to a twelve year old boy. He damaged his front, permanent tooth in a basketball accident at school. He went to his local dentist and was patched together. This patch lasted about 2 years before the boy could tell his self esteem was being lowered because of the unnatural looking front tooth. We want our children to be happy and confident as they are developing their personalities in their teens. A seamless composite filling can prevent unhealthy habits of holding back or hiding their smile. I love giving people a reason to smile and the hope that their front tooth can and will look like their original before the devastating trauma occurred. It takes proper materials, skills, artistry and passion to be able to offer naturally appearing composite bonding and that is what you will find in me at Hamburg Expressions!

Customized Porcelain | Lexington KY | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

“Dr. Miller is the best and only cosmetic dentist I would trust. She is a perfectionist and it shows in her work.” – Mary

mimic nature with Customized Porcelain

  • Replace unnaturally appearing crowns with an all porcelain alternative.
  • A conservative approach to restoring only one or two damaged front teeth.
  • Our in-office lab can customize this porcelain to match the surrounding teeth precisely while the patient is in the chair.

Customized Porcelain & Porcelain Veneers | Lexington KY | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

“I couldn’t believe that they matched my veneer so perfectly to the rest of my teeth. I couldn’t stop smiling!” – Mary

“Stop putting it off and give Dr. Miller a call. You won’t regret it and will wish you did it sooner!” – Brenda


Customized Porcelain and Porcelain veneers

In-Office Dental Lab

  • Our In-Office dental lab gives HAMBURG EXPRESSIONS a unique advantage by allowing us to customize porcelain to match the surrounding teeth to perfection therefore preventing return visits. It’s ideal when only one or two restorations need to be done.

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A Youthful Smile with ALL PORCELAIN CROWNS | Lexington KY | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

“As far as my smile goes. I like it so much better and my family noticed it right away!” – Marsha

A Youthful Smile with All Porcelain Crowns

  • Eliminate the dark gray color at the gum line by choosing “metal free” crowns.
  • Replace crowns older than 15 years, with new, brighter, and more naturally appearing porcelain.
  • All porcelain crowns can be customized chair side by out in-office dental lab so that every crown will blend seamlessly with other natural teeth and never look artificial.