Dental Crown & Crowning Teeth
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What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is an outer shell placed as a covering to a damaged tooth to restore its shape, strength, and function.
This is is recommended for teeth that are severely decayed, broken, weakened or cracked. They look identical to natural teeth and are made from porcelain, metal, gold or a combination of the three.
Dental crowns can also be placed on teeth where fillings repeatedly dislodge as a more definitive form of treatment. They are also routinely placed on back teeth that have been root canal treated as they are brittle and susceptible to cracks.
When is a Dental Crown required?
- After root canal treatment to protect brittle teeth to prevent fracture
- To mask discolored teeth
- To restore teeth fractured in accidents / trauma
- To reinforce a large filling which cannot withstand occlusal forces without fracturing
Dental Crown Process in Singapore
Examination and assessment of the tooth structure and colour. In order to assess if a tooth is suitable for a crown, sometimes the existing filling may have to be removed and replaced with a new filling. X-rays will have to be taken to aid in the overall assessment. Local anaesthetic (an injection) will have to be used if the tooth is not root canal treated. Some numbing cream will be placed on your gums before you have an injection. You will feel numb which is a sensation of feeling ‘fat’ in that area.
First, the tooth is reshaped to specific dimensions. Then, an impression of your teeth will be taken by biting on a material that feels similar to playdough for a few minutes. The dentist will construct a temporary crown for you. This will be placed on your tooth with temporary cement. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the dental crown is fabricated. Some sensitivity may be experienced if the tooth is not root canal treated. As the crown is only temporary, extra care must be taken during eating, brushing, and flossing.
Finally, the temporary crown will be removed. The tooth is cleaned, and the dental crown will be fitted and checked. Some minor adjustments to the bite may be necessary. A small X-ray may also be taken. If satisfactory, this crown will be cemented in place with extremely strong cement.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Temporary crown wearers may experience pain after getting a permanent one. The nerve touches the permanent crown. The doctor will prescribe necessary medication. The patient must not exceed the dosage. Nicotine in the blood delays healing, so cease smoking for a few days. Avoid drinking when taking medication because it may interact toxically. Aftercare is crucial the day after surgery. To reduce facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected side.
Dental Crown vs Dental Veneer
The difference between a crown and a veneer is how much tooth it covers. Crowns tend to encase the entire tooth. In contrast, veneers only cover the front surface. Commonly used for aesthetic reasons, veneers offer minimal protection as compared to crowns. They are usually placed on teeth whose underlying tooth structure is healthy and strong.
It is necessary when a tooth has broken down due to the following reasons:
- After root canal treatment to protect brittle teeth from fracture
- To mask discoloured or very misshaped teeth
- When there is a crackline so the crown can hold the tooth together
- To reinforce a large filling which cannot withstand forces without fracturing
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