Complete Guide to Dental Crowns: Restoring Smiles and Enhancing Functionality

Dental Crowns: The Solution for Damaged Teeth

What are Dental Crowns?

If you have a damaged tooth, dental crowns can restore your smile and improve your bite. Dental crowns are safe and act as protective caps for damaged teeth. They are designed to resemble natural teeth in terms of appearance, function, and feel.

The primary purpose of a crown is to safeguard a compromised or damaged tooth by covering it with a customised cap. Dental crowns are a method of tooth restoration that returns a damaged tooth to its original size, shape, and functionality. They also strengthen the tooth and enhance its appearance.

You may need a dental crown if:

  • Your tooth has a large cavity that cannot be repaired with a filling.
  • You have a dental implant that needs to be covered.
  • Your tooth is cracked, worn out, or weakened.
  • You have undergone a root canal procedure, and the crown protects the restored tooth.
  • You want to conceal tooth discoloration or reshape a tooth to enhance your smile.

Dental crowns restore damaged or compromised teeth, improving their form, function, and aesthetics.

The Dental Crowning Process:

  • Step 1 – Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, your dentist will assess your teeth and oral health to determine if dental crowning is suitable for you. X-rays may be used for evaluation. Based on your needs, the dentist will recommend the crown that best suits your situation. Any questions you have will be answered before beginning the treatment.
  • Step 2 – Crown Preparation: After you confirm your decision to proceed with dental crowning, the dentist will prepare the tooth that requires a crown. This involves reducing the size of the tooth by trimming it down to create space for the crown. The entire preparation process is done under local anaesthesia.
  • Step 3 – Digital Teeth Impression: Advanced technology has revolutionised the process of taking teeth impressions. Using an intraoral scanner, we can provide accurate and precise impressions of your teeth. This eliminates the need for uncomfortable traditional impressions. The state-of-the-art scanner ensures a comfortable experience and superior results.
  • Step 4 – Fitting of Dental Crown: Once the dental crown is received from the dental laboratory, a second visit is scheduled for crown placement. During this visit, your dentist will check the fit of the crown and make any necessary adjustments before permanently cementing it in place. You will also receive instructions on dental crown care and maintenance.

Types of Dental Crowns:

  • Metal Crown: Metal crowns are the longest-lasting type, as they are highly resistant to chipping or breaking. However, they are most suitable for molars due to their metallic appearance. Pros: Very durable and long-lasting. Cons: Not aesthetically pleasing, not suitable for patients with metal allergies.
  • Full Ceramic / Porcelain Crown: Full ceramic or porcelain crowns offer excellent aesthetics, matching the natural color and translucency of teeth. They are a popular choice for front teeth. Pros: Highly aesthetic, metal-free option. Cons: Higher cost.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crown: These crowns have a metal base covered by ceramic or porcelain, providing a balance between durability and aesthetics. Pros: Aesthetic and durable option. Cons: Greyish outline near gum margins over time, may not be suitable for patients with metal allergies.
  • Zirconia Crown: Zirconia crowns bridge the gap between metal and porcelain crowns. They offer durability, aesthetics, and metal-free composition similar to porcelain crowns. Pros: Highly aesthetic, durable, and long-lasting. Cons: Higher cost, potential for adjacent tooth wear or damage with excessive force or grinding.

It is important to consult with your dentist to determine the most suitable type of dental crown for your specific needs and preferences.


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At HATOMO “Dental Voyage”, we are committed to delivering exceptional dental care that is both reliable and cost-effective. Our aim is to make high-quality dental treatments accessible to all our patients. The cost of dental crowns in India can vary based on several factors such as the specific dental clinic, location, materials used, and the complexity of the case. On average, the price range for dental crowns in India is approximately $200 to $250. It’s important to note that this estimate is a general range, and the final cost may vary depending on individual circumstances and treatment requirements.

Rest assured that our pricing includes all the necessary components of the dental crown procedure, including dental impressions, crown design, and temporary crowns. Our team will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan and a breakdown of the associated costs during your consultation, ensuring transparency and clarity throughout the process. We strive to deliver exceptional value for our patients by combining affordable prices with top-notch dental care, so you can achieve a healthy and beautiful smile without compromising on quality.

A dental crown is usually recommended in situations where a tooth’s structure has been significantly compromised. Here are some common scenarios that may require a dental crown:

  • When a tooth has extensive decay that cannot be effectively restored with a dental filling alone.
  • After undergoing a root canal treatment, the tooth becomes weaker and more prone to fractures.
  • When a tooth has suffered a significant fracture or trauma, affecting its strength and stability.
  • If you have a dental implant, a dental crown is often placed on top of the implant to restore the appearance and function of the missing tooth.
  • In cases where cosmetic improvements are desired, such as covering severely discoloured or misshapen teeth. 

It’s important to consult with your dentist who will evaluate your specific situation and determine if a dental crown is necessary for optimal oral health and aesthetics.

The average longevity of dental crowns is typically around 10 to 15 years. However, with proper maintenance and oral care, certain types of crowns like zirconia and full metal crowns have the potential to last even longer. It’s important to note that the lifespan of a dental crown can vary depending on individual factors and oral hygiene practices. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene habits can help extend the lifespan of dental crowns.

The dental crowning process is designed to be as comfortable as possible for patients. Local anaesthesia is used during the procedure to ensure that you don’t feel any pain. After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some sensitivity or mild soreness in the treated tooth and gums, but these symptoms are usually temporary and should subside on their own. If you experience excessive or prolonged pain after getting your crown fitted, it’s advisable to contact your dentist to schedule an appointment for further evaluation and appropriate management.

The entire dental crown procedure generally involves two visits, usually spaced over a period of 6 to 8 days. In some cases, additional visits may be necessary to address any complications or make adjustments to the dental crown.

Increased tooth sensitivity: It is common to experience sensitivity or discomfort in the crowned tooth, especially when consuming hot or cold food and drinks. Excessive sensitivity or pain may indicate an improper fit of the crown.

  • Chipped crown: Dental crowns made from full porcelain or ceramic materials are more prone to chipping and breaking compared to other materials. Care should be taken to avoid biting on hard objects or using excessive force when chewing.
  • Crown falling off: In some cases, dental crowns can become loose and fall off. This usually happens when there is an improper fit of the crown or if the cement holding it in place deteriorates. If you notice a loose crown, it is important to contact your dentist promptly to have it re-cemented or replaced.

Dental crowns, veneers, implant crowns, and dentures cannot be whitened using traditional whitening treatments. These restorations are made from materials like porcelain, metals, or zirconia, which are not responsive to whitening solutions. If you are interested in improving the colour of your dental restorations, it is best to consult with your dentist who can discuss alternative options such as replacing the existing restorations or exploring other cosmetic procedures that can help achieve the desired result.

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