Dental Crowns

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic restorations created to repair a tooth that has been damaged to get back to its original size and shape. They are permanently positioned on your teeth. This dental restoration is known as a “crown” because the outer part of a natural tooth is replaced by a crown.

Once cemented, the crown will completely cover the damaged tooth and be placed above the gum line. They are customized so that there is no issue with your bite. Various materials can be used in making crowns, such as gold, ceramics, resin, zirconia or porcelain-and-metal.

How are Crowns Made?

The tooth is shaped and prepared to accommodate a crown. The next step is taking an impression of the prepared tooth. This impression will be used by our laboratory professionals to ensure proper fit of the crown, and correct bite after the crown is cemented. This process usually takes two to three weeks. While the permanent crown is being fabricated, you will be functioning with a temporary crown.

How are Crowns Made?

The tooth is shaped and prepared to accommodate a crown. The next step is taking an impression of the prepared tooth. This impression will be used by our laboratory professionals to ensure proper fit of the crown, and correct bite after the crown is cemented. This process usually takes two to three weeks. While the permanent crown is being fabricated, you will be functioning with a temporary crown.

What to Expect?

A crown covers a damaged tooth and provides strength to it. It also enhances the appearance of the tooth. Ceramic and zirconia crowns can be matched in shade and appearance to the neighboring teeth.

Why Opt for a Dental Crown?

A Huge Cavity

If a filling is unable to fix a huge cavity in a tooth, or a large filling just won’t last, the dentist may utilize a crown to restore a tooth that has been damaged due to a large cavity.

Shield a Tooth

A dental crown can shield a tooth that contains a crack so that additional damage does not occur. It can be shielded using a personalized crown.

Smile Makeover

To hide non-uniform, crooked, or discolored teeth, your dentist may fabricate customized crowns, so that your overall look and smile can be enhanced.

Cracked Tooth

A crown can protect a tooth that contains a crack, so the crack does not propagate further. The crown can cover the tooth, holding it together, avoiding additional damage.

A Missing Tooth

Your smile can be affected by a missing tooth, especially if it is near the front of your mouth. Teeth may shift when missing a tooth, which can ultimately lead to more problems compromising your oral health. An implant supported crown can replace a missing tooth, regaining your smile and oral health.

Post Root Canal

A root canal procedure may render a tooth more brittle, making it more susceptible to fracture. Restoring a root treated tooth with a crown will protect the tooth from fracture.

Types of Dental Crowns

Metal Crowns

One of the most reliable crowns historically has been the metal crown, that consisted of nickel, chromium, gold, or palladium. Metal crowns were best utilized for the back teeth because of the exposure to the greatest amount of chewing forces while not showing in your smile. Metal crowns exhibit a metallic color that will not look natural. Therefore, it is not appropriate for the front teeth, and is generally used less commonly today.

All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain

All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are the most appropriate option for a natural, beautiful looking crown; therefore, they are preferred for the front teeth and any smile makeovers.

All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain

All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are the most appropriate option for a natural, beautiful looking crown; therefore, they are preferred for the front teeth and any smile makeovers.

Porcelain-and-Metal Crowns

This type of crown has a metal layer on the inside with porcelain on the outside. Although the porcelain may enhance the aesthetics, the metal may show through, making this type of crown less aesthetic overall. The porcelain can also crack and break.

Zirconia and Lithium Disilicate Crowns

These types of crowns are often the preferred choice of crowns today, due to their superior aesthetics and strength. They may therefore be utilized in all parts of the mouth.

Zirconia and Lithium Disilicate Crowns

These types of crowns are often the preferred choice of crowns today, due to their superior aesthetics and strength. They may therefore be utilized in all parts of the mouth.

All Resin

All resin crowns are the cheapest and are more prone to discolouration, wear, breakage and cracking. Due to this, they are often used as temporary crowns.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

A Much More Attractive Smile

A dental crown can cover a cracked or discolored tooth, regaining your natural smile. Crowns can be customized to your desires, so you can fix crooked teeth, brighten your smile, lengthen your teeth, or change the shape of your teeth, enhancing your smile.

Helps Improve Teeth’s Natural Appearance

A dental crown may be used to restore the natural appearance of your teeth and healthy smile. Since it covers the existing tooth, it can very effectively rectify staining, crooked teeth, cracks, discoloration, misshapen teeth, and fractures.

Flexibility

A dental crown can be used to solve many different dental problems. It can be used when supported by a dental implant, is often used to maintain the integrity of the tooth structure after getting a root canal treatment, may be used to restore a tooth with a large cavity, or may be the treatment of choice in a smile makeover.

Crowns can be Personalized

A dental crown can be personalized according to your needs. The colour, length, size, shape, and general appearance of a crown, can be totally customized. The crown will become unnoticeable to others, and even to you. Your crown can be as bright and as natural as you like.

Lasts for A Long Period

A dental crown is made using strong materials. If you take care of your oral health well, a crown can last for many years, in good health and aesthetic harmony.

Crowns Make Your Teeth Strong

Since a crown covers a tooth entirely, the original strength of that tooth is retained, and you can resume your daily tasks without any stress about additional tooth damage. It is a widely used procedure after getting a root canal treatment, to protect the brittle tooth from fracture.

Dental Crown Treatment is Easy

The procedure first involves cleaning and removing the damaged parts of the tooth, followed by shaping the tooth so that it can accommodate a crown. The next step includes the creation of a tooth’s mold so that the crown can be made on the model. While the crown is being made in the laboratory, the patient functions with a temporary crown. Once ready, your dentist will then remove the temporary crown and secure the new crown on your tooth with a strong adhesive.

Assists in Fixing Damaged Teeth

Restorative dental treatment may be carried out with dental crowns to fix damaged teeth. You may find eating and drinking painful and uncomfortable if you are experiencing a large cavity, a tooth’s root infection, or a fracture of a tooth.

The issue can be diagnosed by the dentist and resolved with a suitable treatment plan such as; a root canal, filling, etc. However, a part of your tooth will still be at risk for further damage. This can be prevented by placing a dental crown on the tooth.

After Care Maintenance

Proper oral hygiene needs to be practised with crowns, just like with your natural teeth, to avoid decay and gum disease. We recommend that you avoid particular things, like the biting or roughly chewing of hard candies, rib/chicken bones, ice, or even fingernails, to avoid breaking or chipping crowns, just like with your natural teeth. Look after your crowns just like you should look after your natural teeth, and you will enjoy a healthy smile for many years.

Final Words

A dental crown is a cap that fits on your tooth, to restore and protect its structural integrity, and enhance your smile. It can be crafted from a selection of materials, including zirconia and porcelain. A natural look that enhances your smile will be a priority for you. At City Dental Center we can discuss the various alternatives and assist you in figuring out what available option meets your wishes. We would love to listen to you.

Frequently Asked Question

Yes, both are the same thing. You can call it dental crowns when you want to refer to it as a technical term, whereas you can call it a cap if you want to keep it informal. Nonetheless, both dental crowns and caps are used to refer to the same thing.

Your tooth is prepared for a crown by shaping it so that the crown can fit properly. An impression is taken of your teeth during the appointment, after which your tooth will be covered with a temporary crown. The permanent crown is fabricated in the laboratory, before being secured to your tooth with a strong adhesive.

You do not have to worry as dental crowns are universally utilized and proven to be very safe and effective.

Dental crowns can be made from a diverse variety of materials such as porcelain bonded to metal crowns, precious metal, zirconia and all-ceramic crowns. Each material has a different appearance and strength; and therefore, it is selected based on the requirements of each individual patient.

You will not feel any pain during the treatment when your tooth is getting prepared for the crown since an anesthetic will be used to numb you. Some discomfort may be felt afterwards, like after many dental treatments, which will only last for a short time.

The costs differ from crown to crown. The clinical presentation, scope of treatment, and materials used in making the crown, contributes to the range in cost.

Soon after the treatment, you might notice the presence of the crown in your mouth. However, it will very quickly begin to feel normal.

Crowns may last for many, many years. It mostly depends more on how well you take care of your oral health and your habits, like grinding your teeth during sleep or biting your nails.

Both are considered the same thing. In layman terms, a cap is a term for a crown. 

Once your crown is cemented, avoid eating for two hours, to let the cement set. You can then treat it like your own tooth, keeping it clean and healthy. Make sure that you follow your dentist’s maintenance instructions.