Dental Crowns in Dubai
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There are many reasons for patients to get dental crowns. Dental crowns prevent weak teeth from breaking, restore a worn down or broken tooth, hold a dental bridge in its place, cover a dental implant, and cover a tooth that has been treated with a root canal.
What is the Process of Getting a Dental Crown?
The patient’s dentist prepares the tooth by removing the decay or the root canal, or both. The dentist then takes impressions of the tooth to create a crown to perfectly fit onto the tooth. During the making of the crown, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the tooth. The patient should be very careful with this temporary restoration and avoid chewing hard or sticky food. After 7 days at maximum, the crown will be ready. The process could differ depending on the dental crown type.
What are the Types of Dental Crowns?
What are Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)?
PFM crowns are a very common type of dental crowns. They have a metal structure covered with porcelain. The metal gives these crowns strength, and the porcelain overlay gives them a beautiful, natural appearance.
There are many great aspects of PFM crowns. They give beautiful and natural appearance, they have reliable durability, and they are affordable. Moreover, dentists have been using PFM restorations for over 60 years. This is an indicator that they are a very reliable choice.
However, the greatest aspect of PFM crowns is that they are extremely durable. They are the strongest and most resistant compared to the other crown types.
What are Gold Crowns?
Gold crowns are made of a mixture of copper and other metals. About gold crowns is their longevity and strength. Moreover, they are very resistant, require less tooth removal, and wear down in a similar way to the tooth’s natural enamel (very slow).
Dentists recommend gold crowns for restorations in the back of the mouth, or depending on each patient’s case. However, patients prefer other types over gold crowns because of their color and aesthetics.
What are All Porcelain Crowns?
This image illustrates the difference between all porcelain crowns and porcelain fused to metal crowns.
All porcelain crowns are the most recommended and used crowns. As the name refers, they are completely made of porcelain.
Porcelain crowns give the most natural look as they go with the size and color of the natural surrounding teeth. Moreover, dentists highly recommend for restorations in the front. They are also made without any metal, therefore, they are very healthy. Especially for patients who are prone to metal toxicity.
What are Zirconia Crowns?
Zirconia crowns are made of a new material, zirconium. They have the strength of metal and the aesthetics of porcelain crowns. Moreover, they have been a more favored option recently.
Zirconia crowns give amazing aesthetics, they are very durable as they are less prone to break, they can be modified at the dental office, and they are free of metal too. This means that similar to all porcelain crowns, zirconia crowns are healthy for patients who are prone to metal toxicity.
Steps of Installing Dental Restorations
During the first visit, the dentist examines the patient and requests the needed X-Ray.
The dentist takes the measures of the concerned tooth using special tools to get the impression of the tooth.
during the third visit, the patient gets the restoration installed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A dental crown, commonly called a “cap,” is a tooth-shaped restoration that is made by a machine usually in a dental laboratory. It is designed to cover the entire tooth and strengthen the tooth.
No, not all teeth that get crowns need to have a root canal. Normally if a root canal is needed, the root canal should be completed before a crown is permanently placed on the tooth. Typically, teeth that have had a root canal treated do need to have a crown placed on the tooth.
Contrary to popular belief, dental crowns don’t last forever. But with good care they can last a long time! Current research shows that more than 90% of crowns will not require major treatment within five years, and 50 to 80% of crowns will last between 15 and 20 years.4 It’s important to remember that just like a “real” tooth, the life of your crown depends on how you care for it. You should continue to follow good dental hygiene practices including brushing twice a day, flossing, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, ask your dentist how this could affect your crown. In general, you should try to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods, which may cause your crown to break or come loose.
There are different reasons why your dentist may recommend a crown for one of your teeth. Sometimes a crown is placed over a tooth that has had a root canal, or one that has had a large filling, to help keep the tooth strong for biting and chewing. Crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. A dentist may also recommend a crown to protect a weak or discolored tooth or to cover a broken one.
It’s generally a two step procedure. The first step is to prep the teeth involved and take a mold to send to our ceramist who will make your restoration. After taking the mold, a temporary crown will be made. Once the crown is made by our ceramist , we will get you back and make sure it fits properly then bond the permanent crown in place.
Crowns can be used to cover and treat decaying teeth, and teeth that are gapped, chipped, discolored, misshapen, or otherwise damaged.