100% Porcelain Veneers, Inlays,
Onlays and Crowns.

Porcelain veneers have become more and more popular during the last few years. They are an aesthetic and healthy option to common crowning, which requires a painful drilling of the tooth to prepare the area for the crown.

  • Veneers are similar to false fingernails. Veneers are thin and cover the front part of the tooth. They look much better and last longer than their predecessors
    plastic veneers or direct-bonded composite restorations.
  • Porcelain veneers also look like regular teeth they are extremely durable, and their natural looking color is long-lasting. They work particularly well for discolored, spaced or misaligned teeth, even in cases that don't seem to have any possibility of restoration.

Also, the treatment is easier on patients.

Since there is little need to shape the teeth, normally the procedure can be accomplished in two or three visits. The dentist first prepares the tooth to take a mold, which is then sent to a dental laboratory. The lab technicians create a custom-fit veneer and return it to the dentist. In the second appointment, the veneer is put in place and if it is a perfect fit, it is immediately bonded to the tooth. After this procedure, the dentist polishes the edges and the job is done. You only need to take care of it as you would a normal tooth... simply brush and floss, on a regular basis.

Misaligned, spaced, discolored teeth, or those with large restorations (fillings) or decayed areas require crowns, also known as caps. Dentists have used porcelain crowns for many years, but without reinforcement, they easily break. This led to the creation of porcelain crowns with metal frameworks to support the porcelain. A problem with the metal framework is that more of the tooth has to be taken off to make room for the frames, and its color has to be blocked out, and the light that passes through the tooth is blocked by the metal. As a result this type of restoration is very difficult or practically impossible to look completely life-like.


Research has solved these and other problems...
A solution has been implemented:

Since the veneers were bonded to the front of the tooth or teeth, they could also be extended around the whole tooth and held together like a crown, and bonded like a veneer. This procedure had not been tried before because traditional dental cements have no chemical bond to either the tooth or the restoration. They act as fillers to help hold the restoration in place, the same way a water seal works on cooking-ware.

  • Therefore, the bonds used on veneers also work on crowns, and the technique helps reinforce the porcelain and the tooth itself. This allows light to pass through the tooth/teeth without problems or blocks.
  • New developments in porcelain bonding and porcelain restoration have become very aesthetic and strong, plus they give the added benefit of creating a healthy looking smile.

The 100% porcelain inlay or onlay is another type of restoration that has become more popular.

This is generally placed on posterior teeth and is an aesthetic replacement for metal colored fillings. Previously, these restorations were made with porcelain, but they had the same problems as porcelain crowns. When dentists began bonding them in position inside the tooth, like a normal filling, the reinforcement problem was solved. And an added bonus was obtained: the procedure strengthens the tooth more than a traditionally cemented inlay or onlay.

These advances now allow dentists to replace sick teeth and unattractive silver fillings and caps with more natural looking porcelain inlays and crowns with a very easy and comfortable procedure. The end result is beautiful, stronger, healthier, and more natural-looking teeth.


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 PRISMA Cosmetic Dentistry / San Jos, Costa Rica, 300 meters east of Plaza Mayor Mall, Rohrmoser Boulevard, Prisma Building, Third Floor.
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