What are Dental Crowns?
A full dental crown covers the entire tooth and will restore a broken, heavily filled or cracked tooth to its original size, shape and tooth color. The materials that are used to create dental crowns are substantially stronger than fillings and therefore less likely to break.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replaces missing teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
- for tooth may have been weakened by having a very large filling
Depending on esthetic demands, strength requirements, material durability, and restorative space available, your dentist will recommend the type of dental crown to be used.
Different types of crowns:
Porcelain fused to Metal: This is what the majority of crowns are made from. A precious metal base is made and porcelain is then applied in layers over it. Provide for a strong, durable, and esthetic treatment option.
Porcalain crowns: Porcelain crowns match the color of teeth perfectly and that is one of the chief reasons for its popularity. Porcelain crowns are most often used for front teeth.
Zirconium crowns: The material Zirconium Oxide is ceramics, that has special mechanical capacity according to other ceramics. Crowns made of zirconium oxide can hardly be distinguished from natural teeth.
How is a tooth prepared for a crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth and will make a molded impression of the prepared tooth to send to the dental laboratory.
Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?
No. A local anesthetic is used and the preparation should feel no different to that of a filling. If the tooth does not have a nerve and a post crown is being prepared, then local anesthetic may not be needed.
How to take care of your crowns?
Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth.
- Brush your teeth after each meal and before bedtime, especially at the gum line.
- Floss at least once or twice a day.
- Rinse with fluoride rinse before bedtime.
- Visit your dentist for annual check-up.
The life of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. It is very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth, or decay may occur which could endanger the crown.
Perfect aesthetics, superior strength. Zirconium abutments were designed specifically for creating optimum aesthetics. Zirconia is extremely strong and tooth-coloured.
Indications: Fixed restorations, single crowns and bridgework. Especially recommended in the front of the mouth where the teeth are prominent. In case of gum recession, the zirconium abutment will not become visible when a little gap appears between the gum and the crown.
Standard titanium abutment
A standard titanium abutment is used when a porcelain fused to metal crown is placed onto the implant. This combination is very strong and more often used on the back teeth.