Our Services | Restoratives - Dental Crowns
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. They are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. It fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
A crown is used to "cap" (or entirely cover) a damaged tooth. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. Alloys and zirconia are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Zirconia is one of several newer ceramic-like materials that combine the strength of metal with the aesthetic appeal of porcelain.
Your dentist may recommend a crown for the following reasons:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore a fractured or 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 enough tooth remaining
- To attach a dental bridge in place
- To cover poorly shaped or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant, or a tooth that has had root canal treatment done
- To make a cosmetic modification
Due to the materials used, which are very resilient and durable, crowns can endure the traumas of chewing just as effectively as the rest of your teeth. This is important to make sure that the crowns fulfill their very important function - to restore damaged tooth and protect it from further damage.
How Are Dental Crowns Installed?
The crown installation process follows 4 simple steps - 1) remove outer tooth surface; 2) make an impression of the tooth; 3) install temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one to be created, and; 4) Install permanent crown.
The first step of removing the outer surface of the tooth on the top and all sides, is needed to create enough room for the crown to be placed. If there’s not enough of the tooth left to support the crown, your dentist may need to add a crown buildup to create a sound foundation on which the crown would sit. The dentist will then make an impression of the tooth - at Elements Dental, this is done digitally using a digital scanner. Unlike the traditional method of using dental impression paste, digital scanning provides more accuracy and precision. Because we can immediately send the digital file to the dental laboratory, this also means a shorter waiting time for you to get the permanent crown.
It usually takes about two to three weeks to get the crown back from the dental laboratory. To make sure your remaining tooth is protected, your dentist will install a temporary crown during your initial visit. When the permanent crown is ready, you will have a second appointment to install it. The temporary crown will be removed and the new crown will be adjusted to properly fit your tooth and bite.
Getting Dental Crowns in Singapore: Costs & Procedures
If you think you need a dental crown, or you’re having any other kind of tooth problem, give us a call right away. Dental crowns are not the answer for every kind of tooth problem, but they might be the answer to yours.
Some of the common questions on tooth crowning in Singapore pertain to options, cost, down time, and the procedure itself. Whatever your questions or dental health problem, our experts are prepared to offer a solution. Find the right dentist for your restorative treatments, so that you would never have to tolerate discomfort or tooth pain. Let us take care of you, so that you can enjoy your every day and keep smiling!
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