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Procera® All-Ceramic Crowns, Veneers and More

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What Is Procera?

From Nobel Biocare, Procera is an all-ceramic restoration that has successfully taken metal out of the mix in the production of dental crowns, veneers and other restorations. Procera AllCeram's combination of strength and beauty has helped distinguish Noble Biocare as a leader in tooth-colored restorations -- since 1983, millions of dental patients have been treated with Procera worldwide. Whether you need a Procera crown or a set of Procera veneers, Procera AllCeram is designed to match your teeth's color and translucency so well that they're almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing.

Today's dental patients have two options for tooth-colored crowns: metal-based and all-ceramic. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns have a cast metal alloy core with a porcelain covering. While sturdy and safe, PFM crowns can cause a grey line to form between your gums and teeth as your gums recede. All-ceramic Procera crowns don't have this problem because they contain no metal at all. Procera's material allows light to pass through, mimicking the translucency of real teeth. On the other hand, metal blocks light, making the restoration appear less life-like.

Procera crowns consist of two types of material: an aluminum oxide ceramic core and the translucent Procera AllCeram Porcelain covering. Aluminum oxide is extremely strong, minimizing the possibility of breakage once associated with porcelain-covered ceramic restorations. Procera takes into account the color and translucency of your existing teeth. When combined, the two materials compliment each other in such a way that your Procera crown completely blends in with your natural teeth.

Why Choose Procera AllCeram?

Not only does Procera look better than metal restorations, but it also has a better fit than its metal predecessors. Procera is engineered to fit well so you won't feel a difference between your restorations and real teeth. Procera AllCeram restorations are made in a state-of-the-art production facility using CAD/CAM technology, a high-tech procedure that precisely matches dental restorations to the dimensions of your tooth.

Procera is an excellent restoration option for patients with metal allergies. Procera AllCeram is made of a biocompatible material, which reduces the risk of allergic reactions. There is no sensitivity to temperature and no metallic taste, and the tissue-friendly material encourages gums to grow back around the tooth. Your biocompatible Procera crown or Procera veneers may not only be better for you but could be better for the environment too!

Types of Procera Restorations

Procera isn't just for crowns. It is also used to make dental bridges, veneers and implant-supported crowns and bridges. The strength of the material means Procera can be used anywhere in your mouth. Discover how Procera AllCeram can correct your dental problems:

Procera Crowns -- When a tooth is severely damaged, a tooth filling just won't do. A dental crown covers the remaining tooth structure and protects it from tooth decay. Procera crowns fit well, look amazing and eliminate the grey line found in porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

Procera Bridges -- When one or several teeth are missing, a dental bridge can be used to replace them. Dental bridges use surrounding teeth to support a dental crown, which sometimes means metal attachments. Procera's all-ceramic bridge has no metal clasps and is cemented directly onto your abutment teeth for a perfect fit!

Procera Veneers -- Procera Laminate veneers are thin, all-ceramic shells used to cover chipped, cracked or crooked teeth. Their brilliant, luminous quality is what makes Procera look just like natural teeth.

Procera Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges -- When possible, the best solution for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Procera crowns and bridges can be attached to dental implants, providing a secure foundation for your restoration that looks and functions much like your real tooth.

Procera Implant-Supported Dentures -- Implant-supported dentures eliminate the need for dental adhesives. Whether you choose permanent or removable dentures, Procera dentures are attached to dental implants for a more comfortable fit.

Caring for Your Procera Crown, Bridge or Implant

With proper dental care, Procera crowns, bridges or veneers can last for years. That means avoiding foods that can stain teeth and chewing on hard substances. Regardless, it's essential that you practice good oral hygiene and maintain regular dental visits to keep your Procera AllCeram restoration in good shape.