Dental Crowns

 Dental Crowns

If you are reluctant to smile because of yellowed, injured, cracked or chipped teeth, you may want to consider dental crowns.  Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as ' caps', slide over teeth like a jacket, masking imperfections and adding strength to the tooth.  Dental crowns play a big part in cosmetic dentistry since it can totally change any tooth to almost any shape, size and alignment. 
Crowns differ from fillings in that a filling is placed inside a tooth and have walls of tooth surrounding it, whereas a crown fits over the damaged tooth and protects the remaining part of the tooth.


Indications for a Dental Crown

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Severely damaged teeth that can't otherwise be repaired in any other way and to replace the visible part of a tooth. If the visible part of a tooth is weakened by an oversized filling, cracks or show signs of weakness, a dental crown is often indicated to reconstruct the ttoh to full strengh.

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To prevent fracture of a weak or brittle tooth (often after
Root canal treatment)

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To re-established the bite by giving the teeth different hights, widths or positions.

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To change the form / shape/ colour /size of teeth 

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Fringing opposing teeth into firm contact will enhance chewing capability



Types of Dental Crowns

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Acrylic dental crowns

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Metal dental crowns

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Full Porcelain dental crowns(cosmetic)
CAD/CAM or cerec crowns have taken over this type of crown and all technology is driven in this direction. 

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Porcelain with metal support underneath 

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Fiber reinforced resin dental crowns

Cosmetic crowns normally refer to full porcelain(non-metal) crowns, because of their highly aestetic look. Full porcelain crowns emit more light and are therefore more natural looking. Although these crowns are of a superior aestetic quality, they are not as strong as metal-reinforced crowns. The modern trend is to move away from metal and stronger porcelains are continuously being manufactured.

Dental Crown Procedure


First Appointment 
 teeth whitening Cape Town After numbing the mouth, the tooth gets prepared by doing a 360º preparation to ensure enough space for the fabrication of the dental crown
 teeth whitening Cape Town Impressions are taken to be send away to a dental laboratory to cast plaster models in order to fabricated the dental crown
 teeth whitening Cape Town A temporary crown / restoration is fitted to protect the naked tooth until the next visit.

Second Appointment
 teeth whitening Cape Town The temporary crown / restoration is removed and the new dental crown is fitted

B)CAD/CAM (new!)

ONE Appointment 
 teeth whitening Cape Town After numbing the mouth, the tooth gets prepared by doing a 360º  preparation to ensure enough space for the fabrication of the dental crown
 teeth whitening Cape Town Digital Impressions are taken and send to the CEREC unit where the dentist design the crown before the information is send to the milling unit for immediate manufacturing.
 teeth whitening Cape Town A The crown is fitted to the tooth all in 1 visit.
The whole procedure takes under 2 hours to complete.


Cost For Dental Crowns

The cost of dental crowns will vary form anything between R1800 - R4500* depending on the type of dental crown material used.
 (*Prices for 2014)
The latest modern way is to make these crowns and veneers in
1 visit with special CAD/CAM technology. This is the future of dentistry and opens up an overwhelming new world of possibilities.
If you think you might benefit from dental crowns or veneers, please
contact us and see how this can change your life.


 Care For Dental Crowns

Cleaning dental crowns are very important since the underlying tooth is stil susceptable to decay, and proper general cleaining and hygienic procedures are advised:

 teeth whitening Cape Town Daily brushing and rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse (Dentyl / PLAX)
 teeth whitening Cape Town Brush gently where the gum meets the dental crown
 teeth whitening Cape Town Special soft pics are also an optional in the cleaning process
 teeth whitening Cape Town Flossing is important to keep the dental crown margins free from plague accumulation
 teeth whitening Cape Town Avoid biting on hard objects like ice or sticky foods
 teeth whitening Cape Town Have your dental crowns check regularly with x-rays for early  detection of decay


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