When a tooth crown is required
Crowns are used when the tooth surface has been violated to such an extent that a fracture is very likely. For example, when a large portion of a tooth is filled or composed of fillings, it creates a precondition for the tooth's integrity to be violated.
Then it is necessary to put a crown to avoid future complications with the tooth. This is most common with teeth that have been killed.
The crown can also serve to restore the integrity of the tooth after various fractures.
Types of teeth crowns
Crowns are metal castings by nature, and are created in a specialized laboratory by dental technicians. They are covered with material that varies depending on the option we choose. It could be made of porcelain, ceramic, cermet, or zirconium.
The material you choose for your crown is primarily determined by your financial situation. In recent years, zirconium crowns have surpassed cermets crowns in terms of aesthetics and strength. They are indistinguishable from natural teeth and require less tooth sharpening. Our dentist at Kavident will present you with the options, and together you will decide on the best option.
The crowns are also classified as threshold or non-threshold, depending on how the tooth is sharpened. In thresholds, less of the tooth is removed, and the edge of the crown is below the level of the gum. Therefore, irritation and inflammation are quite common.
Placing a tooth crown via CEREC
Kavident Dental Center offers another innovative opportunity if you need a crown. Thanks to modern CEREC technology, the crown can be ready and placed with just one visit to the dentist's office.
This is a complete system consisting of several modules, including a scanning module, a milling module, and a furnace. Only two hours are required for the fully automated process to produce a crown of biologically tolerable ceramics that fits perfectly in place and does not require additional filing.
Broken teeth are functionally and aesthetically restored, and the results are far more long-lasting than traditional technologies.
Stages of the teeth crowns procedure
Whatever type of crown you choose, you must first go through the preparatory stage before placing it.
If you have a specific dental problem, it must be resolved. For example, if endodontic treatment is performed, an impression is taken after the final filling of the tooth, and the most appropriate color for the crown is chosen to be as close to the color of the other teeth as possible.
It is not necessary to kill a tooth to place a crown on it. It's just that, in most cases, crowns are required to preserve the integrity of already-dead teeth. If the tooth is still alive, it is sharpened as needed, but not too much so that enough of the dentin that protects the dental pulp is preserved and enough surface area is available for the crown to be placed.
This manipulation is performed under local anesthesia in such cases. There is no need to place the crown if the tooth has been killed.
After the filing, we proceed to the imprint and color selection. Based on the impression, the dental technician makes the crown with the material you have chosen in advance. During this time, a temporary crown is placed on the sharpened tooth so that you can eat normally.
Permanent crowns are made within a few working days, after which they are placed with the help of permanent cement.
It will take some time to get used to the crown. In some cases, inflammation and withdrawal of the gums may occur. Then you should schedule an appointment with our Kavident dentist as soon as possible.
If you choose a crown made with CEREC technology, the subsequent inconveniences are minimized. Once the tooth has been fully prepared, it is scanned with a 3D camera, the design is processed, and the virtual model is materialized by the InLab cutter.
This is accomplished with ten times the precision that a human hand could achieve. Therefore, you can have complete confidence that the crown will fit you perfectly and will not cause any discomfort. Moreover, the entire procedure is minimally invasive.
Furthermore, milled ceramics are much stronger than hand-cast ceramics. Therefore, crowns made with CEREC technology are much more durable. They are also more aesthetically pleasing and difficult to distinguish from other teeth due to the use of special ceramic paints.
Teeth crowns aftercare
The teeth crowns do not require special care, except maintaining good oral hygiene. Some habits, such as clenching and gnashing of teeth, and regular consumption of chewing gum and chewing candies, can lead to the weakening of the cement and peeling of the crown.
Regular check-ups with our specialists at the Kavident Dental Center are also essential. It allows for the early diagnosis of caries that have formed beneath the crown or the weakening of the cement.