A Dental Crown is a replacement “cap” on the tooth that is permanently fixed on a tooth to restore its natural shape and size. Dental Crowns are generally needed to strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth. Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are required to maintain the longevity of a crown. Habits such as grinding or chewing hard food or other objects can damage or fracture your crown.
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, impression of your teeth will be taken by biting onto 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 in and checked. Some minor adjustments of the bite may be necessary. A small X-ray may also be taken. If satisfactory, this crown will be cemented in place with an extremely strong cement.
This is a fee estimate & subject to change. Please check with your clinician for an exact fee based on your unique clinical condition.
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.