A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, offering an aesthetic value and stability.

Why a dental crown is needed

  • To protect weak teeth that may be either due to decay or damage. Crowns hold the teeth together and prevent it from cracking.
  • It helps in the restoration of a broken tooth that has had severe damage.
  • Not only to support, but also to cover up a large filling when there is no tooth left.
  • It assists in holding dental bridges in place.
  • To deal with severely discoloured teeth.
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To deal with cosmetic modification

First visit: Examination and preparation of the tooth.

A few X-rays may be required so as to check the roots, crowns and the surrounding bone tissue. In the case of any risky infection or injury a root canal treatment operation must be performed. Before making a crown the dentist numbs the tooth and gum tissues around the tooth. Substantially, the tooth receiving the crown is filed on the chewing surface and side to create room for the crown.

The type of crown used depends on the amount of teeth removed, for example, all-metal crowns are thinner and require a lesser tooth structure. After reshaping the tooth, the dentist uses paste so as to make an impression of the tooth both above and below, this is done to ensure that the crown will not affect your bite.

Second visit: Placement of the permanent crown

The dentist removes the temporary crown so as to check the fit and colour of the permanent crown. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth before cementing the new crown in place.

Permanent Crowns

Usually made of stainless steel, or all metal such as gold or another alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Mainly prefabricated and are used on permanent teeth for temporary measures. The crowns protect the teeth, and they are made of another material, for instance, most children’s teeth require a stainless steel crown.

Additionally, crowns can be made of gold alloy, palladium, nickel or chromium. Consequently, metal crowns usually withstand biting and chewing, and they do not crack and chip easily. One of its drawbacks is the strong metallic colour; it draws a lot of attention.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

They are usually made to match the colour of your teeth and made of metal or resin crowns. The porcelain portion easily chips and breaks off, they look like normal teeth; however, the metal incorporated in it shows a dark line at the gum line.

All resin dental Crowns

Comparatively, they are less expensive as compared to other teeth crown type. Its drawback is that they wear down and fracture easily than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

All Ceramic or All-Porcelain crowns

They provide good colour coverage and are most suitable for people who might be having metal allergies, but they are not as strong as compared to the other crowns.

Dentures Adhesive

  • Adhesives ensure stability, retention, bite force and satisfactory results while you are wearing your dentures.
  • Provides stability and security for those who speak or sing a lot.
  • If you have a dry mouth condition then a Denture adhesive will work well for you.