Dental Health Info Article

IPS Empress® Crowns and IPS Empress® Veneers

A restoration is a restoration, as long as your tooth is fixed, right? Well, not exactly. Not all restorations are made the same, and there are many different materials to choose from these days. Metal fillings and crowns definitely do the job but aren't as aesthetically pleasing as tooth-colored restorations. That's why so many dentists are turning to IPS Empress crowns and IPS Empress veneers. IPS Empress is a popular restoration material used to construct dental crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers that look like real teeth!

Advantages of IPS Empress Crowns

Before all-ceramic dental crowns were invented or created, tooth-colored crowns were metal-based with a porcelain covering. While porcelain crowns are a trusted restoration, the underlying metal is sometimes exposed at the gum line, revealing a dark line between the gums and dental crown. And if you have receding gums, that line becomes even more noticable. Introduced in 1991 by Ivoclar Vivadent, IPS Empress dental crowns were designed to eliminate the dark fillings and black shadows that are common in porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations.

The goal of IPS Empress is to improve aesthetics while providing sturdy, long-lasting restorations. IPS Empress is a metal-free restorative material made from ceramic glass. Without the need for a metal core, IPS Empress crowns and IPS Empress veneers look more like your teeth than metal-based restorations.

IPS Empress Restorations

The IPS Empress crown material is used for several types of dental restorations:

IPS Empress Crowns --
When a tooth is badly decayed or needs a root canal, a dental crown is often needed to restore and protect it from further damage. An IPS Empress crown is a great restoration for teeth that are more noticable when you smile.

IPS Empress Inlays or Onlays -- Resembling partial dental crowns, inlays and onlays are used to replace large dental fillings. They are often needed when there's not enough tooth structure to support a tooth filling but enough that a dental crown is not necessary. IPS Empress inlays and onlays are also used to replace almalgam fillings for aesthetic purposes.

IPS Empress Veneers -- Veneers are thin ceramic shells used to cover cracked, chipped, crooked or extremely discolored teeth. They are also strong enough to correct some gaps between teeth. Unlike IPS Empress crowns, which cover your entire tooth, IPS Empress veneers are cemented to the front of teeth.

The IPS Empress Procedure

Your IPS Empress crowns, IPS Empress veneers or other IPS Empress restorations are made in dental lab by a ceramist. First your dentist will prepare your tooth for restoration. Then, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for construction. There are 12 shades for you and your dentist to choose from. It usually takes two to three weeks for your IPS Empress restoration to be completed, during which time you may have to wear a temporary crown. At your follow up visit, your dentist will cement your IPS Empress crown or IPS Empress veneers to your tooth for a permanent restoration.

IPS Empress dental crowns, IPS Empress veneers and other IPS Empress restorations can last more than 15 years with proper care. Just like your natural teeth, you'll need to practice excellent oral hygiene and schedule regular dental visits to help prolong the life of your IPS Empress restoration. It's also advised that you avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth and avoid smoking to help your IPS Empress crowns and IPS Empress veneers maintain their color and luster.

If you're interested in IPS Empress, ask your dentist which type of restoration is best for you.