About Dental Crowns

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Definition and Purpose

A dental crown is a cap placed over a damaged, decayed, or weakened tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance.
Initial Consultation: Includes an examination and X-rays to determine the extent of the damage.
Tooth Preparation: The tooth is reshaped to accommodate the crown. If there is significant decay or damage, a root canal might be necessary first.
Impression: An impression of the reshaped tooth and surrounding teeth is taken to create a custom crown.
Temporary Crown: A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
Crown Placement: The custom-made crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth.
Materials Used:
Porcelain: Highly aesthetic and used for front teeth.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): Combines strength and aesthetics.
Metal (Gold or Silver Alloys): Exceptionally durable, often used for molars.
Zirconia: Combines strength and aesthetics, suitable for any location in the mouth.


Protection: Shields a weak tooth from further damage.
Aesthetic: Can be colour-matched to natural teeth.
Durability: Can last 5 to 15 years with proper care.
Functionality: Restores normal function to a damaged tooth.

Success Rates

Dental crowns have a high success rate, with most lasting between 5 and 15 years, depending on material, location in the mouth, and the patient’s oral hygiene.

Considerations for Patients & Eligibility

Good Oral Health: Essential for both implants and crowns.
Adequate Bone Density: Necessary for implant stability.
Non-Smokers: Smoking can impede healing and integration.
Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Critical for the longevity of both implants and crowns.

Risks and Complications

Infection: Possible but manageable with proper care.
Implant Failure: Rare, often due to poor osseointegration or infection.
Crown Damage: Crowns can chip or break, requiring repair or replacement.
Dental implants and crowns are highly effective solutions for restoring dental function and aesthetics. By understanding the procedures, benefits, risks, and costs associated with these treatments, patients and dental professionals can make informed decisions that lead to successful outcomes. Continuous advancements in dental technology and materials promise even better results and higher success rates in the future.

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