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Dental crowns, also known as caps or cuspal coverage, are devised to keep together and protect the damaged teeth for a better function or better appearance. Teeth with large fillings, root treated teeth or fractured teeth can be crowned to make teeth more durable against wear and tear.
WHY A DENTAL CROWN IS NEEDED?
A Dental crown is needed when a tooth is structurally compromised and is weak. In other words there is little tooth tissue left to support any other form of restoration like a filling. By placing a crown on a tooth, which acts like a hat covering a head, the integrity of the tooth is protected more. This reduces the risk of fracture and breakage of the tooth.
WHEN A DENTAL CROWN IS NEEDED?
There are many situation that would necessitate the need of a crown for a tooth. The most common reasons can be listed as;
- When a tooth has a large fillings. Therefore the size of the filling is bigger than what is left of the tooth.
- When a tooth is broken and chunk of it is missing.
- When a tooth is fractured or cracked.
- When a tooth has had root canal treatment.
- When a tooth is discoloured and for better aesthetic (if veneer is not advisable)
WHAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION TO A DENTAL CROWN?
The principal behind having a crown is to protect the structure of a tooth further as a crown fully covers a tooth. If it is possible to achieve this without fully covering the tooth then we can consider alternative options such as onlys or 3/4 crowns. These alternative options are designed to reduce the amount of drilling that is needed for restoring a tooth.
WHAT TYPE OF CROWNS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are many different types of crowns that over many decades have been developed. The are mainly categorised by the type of materials that is used to make the. The most common types used can be categorised into;
- All metallic crowns which can be made from precious or non precious metal.
- All ceramic crowns which are mostly used in the aesthetic zone of the mouth. They can be made from a variety of materials such as porcelain, zirconium, lava etc …….
- Combination of metal core with a type of ceramic on top for better aesthetics.
The oldest material, and still the best material for crowns is gold. Because of its colour they are not used in aesthetic zones in modern dentistry, unless a patient wish to specifically have them. They are however the best choice of crown material for back teeth which are not visible. It’s disadvantage is only the cost as gold is expensive.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A CROWN?
It depends what type of crown is used and for what purposes. But as a guide, cost of a crown can be based on these criteria;
- Type of material used
- Skill and experience of the dentist
- Quality of the lab used and the experience and skill of the technician making the crown.
- Whether an aesthetic crown is made for a nicer smile.
- What technique is used for making the crown.
At Bayswater Dental Clinic we provide 1-3 years 0% finance to make it more affordable to have the necessary dental treatment.