A dental crown is like a shell, often with porcelain on the outside but also gold. The crown is stuck to the tooth as there is so much dental loss that a large filling on it would give a bad forecasting (risk of fracture). The new shell hugs the tooth and protects it from breaking apart. Most rooted teeth make a dental crown because they become fragile after the rootfilling and thus run a greater risk of cracking and fracturing. This treatment is also done at elevation, ie if you have too low a bite where the teeth have become too short due to teeth whitening.
Tooth crown in gold
Gold is a strong and precious metal. The durability of gold crowns is among one of the longest dental crowns. You can read more about different types of dental crowns further down.
Dental crown equals pain?
Treatment for dental crowns is completely pain free when done under good anesthesia. Meanwhile, wearing a temporary crown while waiting for your permanent construction, you can get ice cubes at first, but it’s not something we usually expect.
How do you do a dental crown and how long does it last?
When crown therapy, 1.5-2mm is sanded on all surfaces of the tooth to make room for a new shell often made of porcelain. A print is taken from the ground tooth and sent to dental technician. Meanwhile, the patient receives a temporary crown for about ten days. When the permanent dental crown is ready, it is then tested on the tooth. In good fit and the patient’s approval of the color and the form is cemented (stuck) on the tooth, where it is stuck all the time. A dental crown has a life span of several years, the better the oral hygiene you have, the longer life time the dental crown has. There may be exceptions as a porcelain fracture when the bite is wrong, but this may also apply if a small filling is made on the tooth, so the likelihood is small.
There are different types of dental crowns at the dentist, we will show you examples of each of them. We perform the therapy that is best for you and that you choose and are interested in.
Dental crowns are divided into four groups:
Metal ceramic dental crown, where there are two layers, an inner core made of metal and on it comes a shell of porcelain. It is the cheapest variant, it has great durability but aesthetically not as satisfying as the other types of crowns. In the past, only metal ceramic crowns were used.
Zirconium / alumina dental crown, it has two layers, an inner core that is flawed and consists in most cases of zirconia which is a very strong material and comes on a shell of porcelain. Durable crown with high aesthetics.
Porcelain (Emax and Empresskrona). The whole crown is made of porcelain. It has high aesthetics. Cementing (attachment) of the dental crown requires more precision for durability. Durable crown with very high aesthetics.
Gold. This type is a chandelier consisting only of gold (or other precious metal). High durability.