Dental crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetic restorations fixed on top of the teeth with little structure left due to decay, cavity, or after treatment. These crowns are also placed over dental implants. Dental crowns restore your teeth’ size, appearance, and functions. When a crown is set in place, it covers the entire area of the natural tooth above the gum line.
A teeth crown is first prepared and customized at a dental lab before a dentist adjusts it on the patient’s gumline.
Table of Contents
- 1 Types of Dental Crowns
- 2 What is a dental crown procedure?
- 3 Why would you need a dental crown?
- 4 Recovery and Results
- 5 Dental Crowns Before and After
- 6 Advantages of Dental Crowns
- 7 Why prefer us?
- 8 Dental Crowns FAQs
- 9 Schedule a Consultation
Types of Dental Crowns
The types of dental crowns differ depending on the materials used in their composition. Here is a brief overview of the dental crowns we use at the EuroMed Clinic Dubai.
- Porcelain Crowns: It is the most popular type of dental crown and is almost entirely composed of porcelain. A porcelain cap usually remains indistinguishable due to its exact color-color match with other teeth in the row. Hence, this crown is a good choice for front teeth.
- Emax Crowns: These crowns are made with lithium disilicate ceramic, a material known for its translucent color and high-end durability. As a result, Emax crowns restore the natural appearance of your smile and are a solid replacement for your worn-out, decayed, or treated teeth.
- Zirconia Crowns: These dental caps are composed of zirconium dioxide, one of the most durable materials used for making dental prosthetic devices. The high strength of this material allows for the creation of dental crowns that are thinner than metal crowns.
- Metal Crowns: These crowns consist of metal alloys such as silver, gold, platinum, nickel, chromium, and cobalt. However, no metal crown consists of a single metal. The lab expert will mix different alloys to combine their physical properties in order to enhance the crown’s durability.
What is a dental crown procedure?
A typical dental crown procedure involves the following steps.
- First, the dentist will examine and prepare the tooth that has to be crowned. This step mainly involves dental x-rays and taking a mold of the tooth requiring treatment.
- Then, the dentist will trim the outer layer of the tooth or smoothen the rough texture that might interfere with the dental crown procedure.
- They will then create an impression of the trimmed tooth and other adjacent teeth.
- A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to prevent any bacterial infections until the permanent crown is ready.
- The impression will be sent to a lab where the staff will create a customized crown. This process may take several weeks.
- In the end, the dentist will call you for another visit, during which the dentist will fit the crown in its place.
Why would you need a dental crown?
Reasons you may need a dental crown to include the following:
- Protecting a decayed or cracked tooth from further damage
- Restoring a tooth with worn-out, loose filling
- Improving the aesthetics of a worn-down or discolored tooth
- Supporting the tooth structure after a root canal
- Placing it over a healthy tooth to keep a dental bridge in place
- Capping a dental implant
Recovery and Results
The effect of the numbing solution will last a few hours after the procedure is over. It will wear off gradually afterward. You will need to keep your mouth safe by watching what you eat during this time. Generally, it is a good idea to avoid hot foods.
Recovery after receiving a dental crown usually involves some sensitivity or discomfort that generally lasts a few days. There will also be some inflammation or irritation, which subsides pretty quickly.
A dental crown may last 5-15 years, depending on the materials it is composed of and the amount of pressure it endures.
Dental Crowns Before and After
Advantages of Dental Crowns
A myriad of benefits makes dental crowns a suitable option for dental restoration. Those benefits include the following.
- A dental crown can save a severely damaged tooth.
- It can be used to keep a dead tooth in place.
- It can provide protection to a decaying tooth and save it from further decay. It can even save a tooth that has developed a cavity.
- A dental crown can last a long time, provided that you take good care of it.
Why prefer us?
We are a team of highly experienced professionals who aim to provide optimum care to ensure maximum patient satisfaction. Our dentists and prosthodontists use top-of-the-line, standardized approaches to custom-prepare the dental crown that restores your tooth functions and smile aesthetics.
Dental Crowns FAQs
Are crowns better than a filling?
Yes, a dental crown is much stronger and provides greater safety than a filling, provided that it is appropriately placed. It restores the tooth strength in a way a filling won’t.
Which dental crown material is the best?
Emax is generally considered the most durable material to make a dental crown. This is mainly due to its unmatched durability and a better tendency to resist any chips or cracks. However, your dentist may choose another type of dental crown depending on the location of the tooth being treated.
How long does the treatment take?
Dental crowning usually involves two dental visits. The dentist will prepare the tooth and send its impression to a lab during the first visit. The crown is fitted in place during the second dental visit.
How should you care for your dental crowns?
You will need to adopt the following dental care measures to take care of your dental crown:
Stay away from hard and sticky foods.
Stick to the recommended oral hygiene practice, i.e., brushing and flossing regularly.
Avoid using your teeth as a tool.
Use a mouth guard at night.
Make sure to never miss out on your dental visits.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns usually last 5-15 years.
How much do Dental Crowns cost?
The cost of a dental crown mainly depends on the type of crown being placed and, sometimes, the level of customization required during its preparation.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to get a dental crown at EuroMed Clinic, we suggest you book a consultation with us online or over the phone. For online consultation scheduling, you can fill in the form below.
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