“A dental tooth crown is a permanent protective cap that’s placed on a damaged/problem tooth using adhesive cement”
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About Dental Crowns
When do you need a dental crown?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover mishapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
Dental Crown – What Does it Do?
- Serve as a protection for extremely decayed fractured teeth
- Restore a tooth permanently that previously had massive fillings
- Rectify minor issue in natural teeth (for instance irregular shape, spacing, or discoloration)
- Serve as a tooth after a dental implant has been placed in the mouth
- Used to restore shape, size, strength and appearance of a tooth
The Dental Crowning Process
On the first visit, a rigorous clinical examination using radiographs, will be conducted by your dentist. An evaluation of crown suitability is done and preparatory work is performed. Your dentist will then recommend some dental crown materials based on your needs, educate you on the sequence of treatment and any answer questions you might have before starting treatment.
After receiving your confirmation to proceed with the procedure, the tooth that is to be crowned will be ‘prepared’. Here, the size of the tooth is reduced (in most cases under local anaesthesia) and then trimmed down to better fit the dental crown. The tooth needs to be trimmed in order to create sufficient space for the dental crown. After which, a dental impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab where the dental crown will be fabricated by skilled dental technicians based on our dentists requirements. Your dentist will make a temporary crown to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the permanent crown is being made in the lab
On the next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and the surfaces of the tooth are cleaned. The permanent dental tooth crown will then be tried to ensure that both the fitting and final aesthetic outcome are perfect. After which, dental cement is used to finally cement the permanent dental crown onto the prepared tooth.
Different Types of Dental Tooth Crowns Available
Dental crowns are permanent tooth caps that are made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or full-ceramic (porcelain), fully customised to fit the needs and smile of a person.
Full Metal Crowns are typically the longest lasting type of crowns as the rarely chip or break. On top of this, they cause the least amount of wear to opposing teeth. However, due to their metallic colouring, these types of crowns best serve their purpose when they’re used on molar teeth.
Full Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns tend to have the best aesthetic final outcome that perfectly match the natural colour and translucency of teeth, but these crown are not as durable as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. These types of crowns are a popular option when it comes to restoring front teeth.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns are usually colour matched to the original/natural teeth of patients. These types of crowns have a metal base that’s either fully or partially covered by ceramic/porcelain, according to the patient’s occlusions & tooth height, taking into account the function as well. These types of crowns tend to have excellent clinical longevity and have a solid reputation and track record of success of more than 70 years. These crowns are a middle ground between Full Metal Crowns and All Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns as they’re more durable than All Ceramic Crowns but have a higher risk of breaking and chipping when compared to Full Metal Crowns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions our dentists get about Dental Tooth Crowning.
Does Getting A Dental Crown Hurt?
With the latest advances in the dental industry. Getting a dental tooth crown today does not hurt as local aenesthetics would be used thoroughout every step of the entire treatment process. There might be some slight sensitivity that may be present for the next couple of hours after getting the dental crown but it should go away after a couple of day.
In the case that you face any issues or pain or discomfort after getting our dental crowns. Do visit your dentist as soon as possible.
I Just Did A Root Canal, Do I Need A Dental Crown?
As a general rule of thumg, a dental crown will need to be placed over the root canal treated tooth as a means to protect the tooth from further damage or cracking in the future. These treated teeth need to be kept strong as they will be used contiually throughout the day for the rest of a patients life. It is essential for all teeth to be as healthy as possible, so that they may continue to function correctly.
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