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Dental crown

Dental crown

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over a damaged tooth. This permanent dental solution feels and functions like natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend fitting a dental crown if you have a weakened or damaged tooth that filling cannot restore.

Some people may also get a dental crown for cosmetic purposes, but it’s mostly for preserving the remaining tooth structure. A crown is a good solution for a tooth that has had a large filling, become weak due to root canal treatment or sustained a fracture.

What are the benefits of a dental crown?

If you have a significantly weakened or damaged tooth, fitting a crown will preserve the tooth and prevent further tooth decay. A dental crown can improve the appearance of a stained or chipped tooth to restore its original colour and shape.

If you take proper care of your teeth, your dental crown will last several years. Your dentist will inform you how to maintain your dental crown and how long it may last.

Types of dental crowns

Different types of crowns made with varying materials are available. The type of veneer you need depends on where you want to fit the crown. Your crown may have one or a combination of these materials.

Porcelain crowns

These crowns are usually fitted on the front teeth because the material is more similar to natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are usually a good option for patients allergic to metal.

Zirconia

Zirconia is a strong, white ceramic material. Zirconia crowns are thin, allowing you to retain more of the natural tooth structure. Zirconia is opaque, so it’s usually fitted on the back teeth.

Metal alloy

Crowns may have a combination of metals such as chromium, palladium and nickel. Metal alloy crowns are strong and hardly chip. They are also resistant to wear and tear and need minimal teeth reduction. These crowns are usually fitted on the back teeth because they are less aesthetically pleasing than ceramic or porcelain veneers.

What are the alternatives to crowns?

If you are not a good candidate for a dental crown or your dentist thinks you may need other solutions, these options are available.

Veneers

A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made shell made from porcelain or composite resin material. Veneers can cover the front surface of teeth. This cosmetic dental solution can cover minor issues like gaps, cracks or chips on the teeth.

Fillings

Dental fillings can fill cavities in the teeth. Using fillings prevents further tooth decay and stops toothache. Different fillings are available, but amalgam or metal and composite fillings are the most common.

Following your consultation, our dentist at Dental Implants Clinic Turkey will advise you on the most suitable treatment option, depending on the extent of your tooth damage and the number of damaged teeth.

How much is a dental crown?

Health insurance plans cover the cost of crowns, depending on why you need the crown. You may have to pay out of pocket if you need a dental crown for cosmetic reasons. The exact cost of getting a dental crown will depend on the crown’s material. After your initial consultation, our dentist will inform you of the exact cost of your treatment.

What is the dental crown fitting process?

Fitting a dental crown requires two appointments. In the first appointment, the dentist will remove weak parts of the tooth and prepare it to hold the dental crown, then tale your teeth impressions and fit the temporary crown.

If you need the crown on a visible tooth, your dentist will choose a colour that closely matches your natural teeth.

During your second visit, the dentist will remove your temporary crown and cement the new, permanent crown.

What happens after fitting a dental crown?

After fitting the dental crown, you may feel slight discomfort. Your tooth may also feel strange and sensitive, but the feeling will gradually subside. You may also experience soreness around your gums. Gently brush your teeth to allow your gum to recover.

If you have a severely damaged tooth and need a viable dental solution for it, visit Dental Implants Clinic Turkey to get a dental crown. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

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