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
- TO DESIGN YOUR SMILE WITH PROPER SHAPE AND BRIGHTER SHADE
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.