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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cap placed on top of a damaged tooth. Crowns are used when fillings don’t help you restore the shape and function of your teeth; they protect, cover, and provide coverage. Metal, porcelain, resin, and ceramic zirconium and graphene materials can be used for dental crowns. Generally, they don’t require any special care for a lifetime other than good oral hygiene.

At Eledent, with a single visit, dental crowns are placed with the help of Cerec Chairside Cad Cam Technology

Why would you need a dental crown?

You may need a dental crown for several reasons, including:

  • To protect a weak tooth (possibly from decay) from breaking or keeping it together if the tooth is cracked
  • To restore a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To protect misshapen or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal
How is your tooth prepared for a dental crown?

It will usually take you two dental visits to prepare a dental crown.

At the first appointment, X-rays are taken of the tooth and its surrounding bone. You might require root canal treatment before getting a dental crown if the tooth needs one:

  • Tooth decay.
  • Risk of infection.
  • Injury to the tooth’s pulp.

A paste or putty is then used to make a replica of the tooth that will receive the crown after being reshaped. A temporary crown will be made to cover and protect the tooth until a permanent crown is made.

At the second visit, the permanent crown is placed on your tooth.

This method of making a dental crown is called computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). In the same-day procedure, a scanning device is used to take digital pictures of the teeth inside your mouth. An in-office machine then cuts the crown out of the ceramic block based on the design. Within 15 minutes, the crown is ready for cementation.