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Captek is an excellent PFM restoration • Cercon Inlay Bridge • The Encore Bridge

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Captek Crowns Win!

For the second year in a row, the Captek crown has won the clinician's Townie Choice Award for the best PFM crown and bridge material. Clinicians, however, are not the only ones to recognize Captek's technology. Data on units placed from laboratories around the country, including Arrowhead Dental Laboratory, show strong steady increase in usage. Significant laboratories report Captek crowns provide a very high overall success rating, very low remakes, and a high customer retention percentage.

The Captek crown is best known as an aesthetic restoration. Captek crowns provide a higher degree of aesthetics than traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Most cosmetic dentists, however, feel that pure ceramic crowns exceed Captek crowns in aesthetics. General dentists, though, find Captek crowns easier to place, since they can be cemented with traditional techniques and don't require elaborate bonding procedures.

The Captek crown consists of porcelain baked to a pure gold coping.

In addition to providing a more vital-looking crown, clinicians report Captek crowns usually have improved surrounding gingival color. Interestingly, the Arrowhead staff describes this clinical benefit as the "crown with the warm glow."

This feature of better soft tissue aesthetics around Captek crowns was documented in a clinical study conducted by Boston University School of Dental Medicine and Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in 2004.

In addition to superior aesthetics, strength, and user friendliness, Captek is the only crown and bridge solution clinically proven to lower harmful bacteria counts in the surrounding sulcus, significant to long term clinical success.

New research from the University of Minnesota measured an extremely low surface free energy on Captek composite metal compared to standard restorative material. Researchers hypothesized this material property might explain why Captek crowns are so plaque resistant. This information builds on strong clinical research from Forsyth Dental Center (Boston, MA) that reported 71 percent lower sulcular plaque levels around Captek crowns. It is easy to infer from clinical observations and research that Captek should be a serious clinical consideration, not only for aesthetics and strength, but more importantly for long-term tissue health.

(This is adapted from an article originally published in Aesthetic Dentistry, Winter 2005 issue.)

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