Crowns and Caps

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Dental Crowns can be an effective treatment option for tooth that are badly damaged.

 

The dental crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain to improve the appearance, restore the strength and eliminate the discomfort.

 

Dental Crown will make your new tooth both strong and beautiful. It is suitable for prosthetic reconstructions anywhere in the mouth.

Benefits of Crowns and Caps

Covers discolored and irregularities in teeth in improving cosmetic appearance

Protects severely damaged tooth or tooth weakened by decay, fracture, large fillings or root canal therapy from fracturing. Teeth with large fillings tend to “flex more” forcing the tooth apart possibly causing stress fractures

Holds together cracked or weaken teeth and seal the tooth from decay

Helps preserve the natural function and position of the teeth

Restores tooth with large decay, cavities or filings

Supports the replacement teeth in a bridge

Restores and maintains natural bite

Covers a dental implant

Types of Dental Crown

Dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal or composite/polymer. The type of crown utilized during your dental crown procedure will depend on your unique needs and goals, as well as the recommendation of your dentist.

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All Porcelain Crown

All ceramic crown is made of porcelain 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. All porcelain crowns will make your new tooth both strong and beautiful. This tissue friendly porcelain crown recreates the strength and natural beauty of your tooth. Due to the strength in the modified core material, all porcelain crowns are suitable for prosthetic reconstructions anywhere in the mouth. In addition, more and more patients are asking for constructions made of materials not containing metal or other alloys. All porcelain crowns are made of a biocompatible material which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions.

Porcelain Fused To Metal Crown

Porcelain fused to metal dental crown is a hybrid between all-metal crown and all porcelain crown. When being manufactured, our dental technicians will make a shell of metal (substructure) that is custom fitted for your affected tooth. A veneer of porcelain is then fused over this metal, giving the crown a white tooth-like appearance. Porcelain fused to metal crowns has the advantages of having a nearly natural appearance from the porcelain, and the strength and stability provided by the underlying metal. Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns is stronger than the all porcelain crowns but are more prone to fracture than an all-metal dental crown.

Procedure for Crowns and Caps

Once your dental crown procedure is complete, it may take some time getting used to before the permanent crown feels normal in your mouth; however, after a little time has passed, the crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth.

Examination

The procedure for installing a dental crown normally takes two separate visits, usually it takes 3-5 days interval. At your first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure that it can support a crown. X-rays are taken of the tooth and bone around it. If decay is found or there is an infection to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal treatment may need to be done first.

Preparation

When the tooth is cleaned and ready, a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth while the Dentist will file it down to prepare for the crown. Alternatively, if the tooth is severely damaged or broken, the dentist may need to fill it in to make it large enough to properly receive the crown.

Temporary Crown Placement

After the tooth is filed or filled to the proper shape, the Dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding, then send it to the dental laboratory, so the permanent crown can be made accordingly. By the end of this first visit, your tooth will have a new temporary crown that protects it until the final crown is ready to be permanently placed.

Temporary Crown Removal

When the permanent crown is ready, you will have your second visit. At this appointment, the temporary crown is removed, after which the dentist will position and cement the new crown to the tooth.

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What You Need To Know About Crowns and Caps

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns are used to cover damaged,  cracked, chipped teeth, or to generally restore teeth. When cemented into place, they fully cup over the portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line. The  Dentists will match the color of your teeth to give you a natural look and feel.

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 misshapened or severely discolored teeth

To cover a dental implant

To make a cosmetic modification

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