What is a dental crown?
Dental crown is both functional and aesthetic replacement of the damaged teeth. They differ from classic dental filling by the amount of replacing missing part - covering the entire visible tooth surface from the gums to the top of the tooth, replacing the entire original tooth surface in exactly the color of your original tooth. The crowns, unlike fillings, are holding the tooth from both sides, thus strengthening its structure.
CROWNS FULFILL THREE BASIC FUNCTIONS:
- Strengthens the structure of weakened tooth
- Returns the tooth its original shape
Improves aesthetic appearance
WHEN IS A DENTAL CROWN APPROPRIATE?
- large part of the tooth surface is damaged
- the structure is disturbed by mechanical damage (cracked tooth, broken part of a tooth)
- protection for weakened teeth
- absence of original dental material (e.g. frequent filling)
What types of crowns do we know?
Currently, dental crowns can be divided into three groups according to the material they are made from. The most commonly used crown types are:
To make them, an alloy of gold or other metals is needed. The advantage is their longevity, as well as the fact that they are at least prone to mechanical damage and they damage the opposing teeth coming into contact with the crown at the least. An obvious disadvantage is the aesthetic aspect, as it is not possible to adapt their colour to the natural colour of the teeth. Therefore, they are most commonly used in the least visible parts of the oral cavity.
The all-porcelain crowns are the most natural to replace the original teeth visually and are therefore the most suitable option for the front teeth. However, they are not as rigid as metal crowns and are therefore not recommended for molar teeth as they are under heavy load.
Such crowns are made of solid metal and covered with a porcelain layer at high temperature. This type of crown is strong enough to withstand mechanical loads. At the same time, it is visually undistinguished. These crowns, however, take on some of the weaknesses of the two previous types - the porcelain layer can break or cause damage to the teeth, the metal part can on the other hand be visible through the porcelain layer or otherwise visually damage the crown.
What is the procedure of creating a crown
Despite the fact that you can have a high quality tailor-made crown just in two hours, the procedure itself is very complex, consisting of several smaller tasks.
First, the doctor must prepare the tooth for the procedure - remove the old fillings, align the edges and clean the surrounding environment. Then photos of the necessary part of the denture are taken by a mini-camera transferring the information to the computer. A digital 3D design of tooth modification is prepared, which is then shaped from a special ceramic pad with a computer-controlled milling cutter. The colour of the crown is assessed to fit your tooth accurately. After this, the crown is also adjusted with the glaze and it is put on the prepared spot in your mouth. The use of this technique completely avoids an unpleasant experience with tooth imprints, and several weeks of waiting for your final replacements. Thus, after one visit, the patient leaves with a permanent, non-provisional solution. It is therefore a very quick solution, yet of a very high quality.
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS
The lifespan of a crown depends on many factors. Whether it is the material the crown is made of, oral hygiene or even regular dental check-ups and dental hygiene not only at home but also at the dental office. The lifespan of a crown is set for several years. It is even possible to prolong its useful life with appropriate care.
From the moment the patient with a damaged tooth sits on the chair until leaving the surgery, it takes about an hour and half. During this time, we examine the patient in our Schill Dental Clinic, make an X-ray image, prepare the tooth for the intervention, scan the denture, prepare the replacement, put it on and finally adjust it. This will save you a couple of weeks of visiting a dentist who does not work with the CEREC® system.
Cerec® is an innovative technology enabling to produce a crown in a couple of minutes. Compared to conventional methods, Cerec® provides several advantages. You will get the crown during your first visit instead of the usual three or four visits. There is no need to make toothprints, only one injection can separate you from the result. You will not get any short-term solution, but directly the result.
There is no need to underestimate the investment in health. The price of the crown depends on what you get along with it.
As there are no two identical fingerprints, there are no two identical teeth. Each dental crown is an original and tailor-made using innovative materials. Modern technologies used in medical and dental practice enable us to achieve high-quality output in a tenth of the time. Thanks to the Cerec® system, a one-hour visit to the dentist is worth 10 working days. You do not have to wait for the result, there is no need to make imprints, which is an unpleasant experience for many patients. There are no provisional solutions with Cerec®. We create the final product very fast and it is accurate and highly aesthetic.
The dentist will advise you which of the solutions we offer is best for you, depending on your current conditions. Entrust yourself to the hands of a quality-assured expert. Book an appointment today.