Dental crowns are also called “caps” and preserve the functionality of decayed teeth. This dental restoration can be used to protect a chipped tooth, restore function to a tooth that has suffered from excessive decay, or replace an old crown.
Who is this for?
A crown’s primary purpose is to restore strength, function, size, shape, and appearance of a tooth.
These are some situations where a crown might be required:
- Help a tooth that has suffered significant decay
- Protect the tooth from further damage by preventing it from becoming even more worn.
- If there is not much tooth structure left, dental crowns can be used to cover and support the tooth with a large filling.
- You can improve the appearance of your tooth by changing its color or shape and closing gaps between them.
- Dental bridges are held in place by crowns
- Crowns are used to cover a tooth implant.
- After a root canal procedure, protect your tooth
- A crown will enhance the tooth’s appearance and protect it against further wear.
In case of a missing tooth, any gaps in the mouth can cause surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space. This can lead to malocclusion (or bad bite), which can have a negative effect on your diet. This can lead to bone loss in the jaw and temporomandibular joints (TMJ) disorders.
It is better to talk with your dentist about tooth replacement options, such as an implant or crown, than to leave gaps in the dentition.
Different Types of Dental Crowns
- Zirconia Crowns: These crowns are ideal for bridges because they are the sturdiest.
- Composite crowns: They are less difficult to install and are a popular option.
- All Porcelain Crown (Emax): All porcelain crowns make a great choice for front teeth. They look natural and mimic natural teeth transparency.
- Captek Crown: Provides fast healing and exceptional aesthetic quality.
- Non-Precious and Titanium: Great for creating a jacket externally on broken teeth and bridgework.
Pre-existing dental work can be treated with porcelain dental crowns, which is why it is so popular. Can porcelain fuse to a metal crown like gold? Yes. These crowns are strong enough to be used on both the front and back teeth.
The Dental Crown Procedure
It is possible that you will need to schedule your crown procedure in between two appointments.
On your first visit:
- To ensure your comfort, a local anesthetic will be applied.
- The dentist prepares the tooth to receive the crown by shaping its outer structure and removing any decay or filling material.
- It is possible to rebuild severely damaged parts of the tooth. It will be similar to getting a filling.
- An intraoral 3D scan is highly recommended. This allows professionals to send a replica to the lab. This replaces the uncomfortable, gooey impression molds!
- A temporary crown is prepared to fill in and protect the tooth. It is attached using temporary dental cement.
Second visit (typically after a few weeks):
- If the tooth is sensitive, a local anesthetic can be requested. This is not always necessary.
- The temporary crown is taken out and the excess temporary cement is removed.
- The final crown is placed on the tooth, and the dentist will confirm its fit with an x-ray.
- All adjustments to the bite will be made until you feel completely comfortable.
- To attach your crown to your tooth, permanent dental cement is used.
Dental crowns can be a long-lasting option as they are durable. They can last at least 5-15 years, hence patients are highly satisfied.
Dental crowns have a higher success rate than other methods of dental restoration or none at all. Numerous scientific studies have supported this claim.
If you are interested in getting dental crowns, please click this link for an appointment. At Umut Dental Clinic Antalya, we offer almost all types — porcelain, metal, or a combination at our modern clinic in Turkey.