For teeth that are badly damaged, dental crowns can be an effective treatment option. The dental crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post.
To sum up some of the indications for a crown are:
- Extensive damage by decay.
- Discolorations and compromised aesthetics.(mainly front teeth)
- Fractured tooth
- Root canal – After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more prone to fracture. These teeth need to be protected by a crown.
- Bridges – When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require crowns in order to support the replacement teeth.
Dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic fused to metal and Pure ceramic/ Porcelain. The type of crown utilized during your dental crown procedure will depend on your unique needs and Budget, as well as the recommendation by us.
Although their metallic color makes them a poor choice for highly visible teeth, dental crowns made of metal can be an ideal option for repairing decayed or damaged back teeth. They are extremely durable. Metal crowns may consist of various materials, including gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy, or chromium alloy.
Benefits of metal Crown:
- Long lasting
- costs less compared to ceramic crowns
All ceramic crowns may be made of porcelain, resins, or dental ceramic materials. They create an extremely natural-looking appearance and are typically used on front teeth. The tooth-colored ceramic material is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth, and size and shade can be carefully matched to complement the rest of your smile. However, previous ceramic dental crowns were not as resilient as metal crowns. The present day advanced material is available which sustain a lot of pressure from biting and chewing…which can be used for back tooth as well.
- Natural appearance
- Smooth surface
- Captures and reflects light like natural teeth
These crowns are white but are opaque in appearance. Because they lack the reflective quality due to metal inside. however they are very popular for back teeth where they are not much visible .
Benefits of PFM Crown:
- Long lasting
- costs less compared to Full ceramic crowns
Typically, the dental crown procedure is completed in 2-3 stages. During the first stage, we shape tooth’s structure to accommodate the dental crown. An impression is made and sent to the lab, where your dental crown is created. A temporary crown can be in placed between visits if it is the front tooth to ensure the most natural look and feel. When you return, we take trial to check size, shade, shape etc… and if everything is perfect to your and our satisfaction we securely cement that in place.
FAQ's About Dental Crown
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, also known as a “dental cap”, is a restoration that encases the tooth in order to
- strengthen a decayed tooth,
- repair a broken tooth,
- improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth.
What is the difference between a filling and a dental crown?
Whereas a filling covers only a portion of the tooth, a dental crown completely encases the visible area of the tooth, creating a brand new outer surface for your tooth.
What does the dental crown procedure consist of?
We will first shape your tooth to a minimal thickness and then take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to the lab to make your permanent dental crown. In the meantime, we will place a temporary dental crown over your tooth ( specially for front tooth ), and will determine what shade your dental crown will be in order to best match the shade of your teeth.
When your dental crown is ready, you will return back to the office for your second visit. We will remove the temporary dental crown and then cement the permanent dental crown to your tooth.
Is it possible for my dental crown to pop off?
Although unlikely, occasionally a dental crown will pop off, especially with sticky food stuff. In case this happens, please call us immediately within a weeks time ,generally if the tooth structure is intact it can be re fixed immediately
Will my dental crown look and feel natural?
A porcelain dental crown looks and feels exactly like a real tooth, so nobody, should be able to tell the difference.
When to replace Old Dental Crowns?
Individuals may be interested in replacing old dental crowns for a number of reasons. Concerns about the appearance of metal crowns on prominent teeth may compel some patients to have their dental work restored with all ceramic or porcelain crowns. Other times, dental crown problems like wear, decay, or poor fit may lead patients to inquire about replacing older dental crowns.
some times if the tooth is been decayed too much then in order to make it stronger than before dentist puts a post before giving the fresh crown. Typically, patients should expect to replace their dental crowns after approximately 5 to 10 years.
In closing, a dental crown is a procedure done very often in our offices for a variety of reasons. A dental crown may be the best option for a tooth that has had such significant decay that a filling may not be an adequate means to strengthen the tooth. A dental crown is also a good choice for a tooth that has chipped or broken and must be restored. Finally, with the advent of cosmetic dentistry, one or more dental crowns may be placed over your teeth in order to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your smile. If you would like to consult one of our dentists about the possibility of a receiving a dental crown.
Please call our offices at (+91 22) 2567 8000 / 01. We look forward to hearing from you!