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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a “cap” or cover for your tooth. It can be made up of different materials like metal (gold, stainless steel, alloys). ceramic, porcelain or resin. Crowns can be temporary (for a short period) or permanent. Usually, dental crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth, but 3/4th crowns are also available that cover only three out of the four surfaces of the tooth.
Dental crowns cover the tooth and offer protection from attack by bacteria in the mouth, chemical agents like acids in food, and physical wear by abrasives.
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Dental Crown treatment processes

With the technology available today, various types of dental crowns are available at your dentist's office. Conventionally, crowns are made in the dental lab and take time to fabricate. However, with the use of 3-D imaging systems and CAD-CAM technology, these days you can get your crowns in just two hours.

What are Dental Crowns used for?

Dental crowns are placed on weak or damaged teeth for the following reasons:
For functional support of decayed, broken or worn-down teeth.
After an RCT treatment since the tooth becomes structurally weaker
On top of an implant or bridge to replace missing teeth
For cosmetic and aesthetic rehabilitation of discoloured teeth
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Am I suitable for Dental Crown Treatment?

Yes, dental crowns can be placed on anybody and everybody who has a requirement for it. Placing dental crowns is a non-invasive procedure that is usually without any complexities involved. Our team of expert dentists will carefully evaluate your teeth to see if you require a crown.

What is the treatment process of Dental Crowns?

Multi-day Dental Crown treatment procedure
Your dentist will examine your tooth properly, taking an X-ray to check how much of the tooth structure has decayed, broken down or worn away. He will also take an impression of your tooth so that we can fabricate a dental crown with your exact tooth measurements for you.
He will trim your tooth to the required size and cut away the outer layer.
An impression will be taken of the trimmed tooth
A temporary non-custom crown will be placed for protection and you will be sent home
The measurements of your crown will be sent to the lab, where they will fabricate it and send it back to your dentist. This may take a few days or weeks.
You will be called back by your dentist for another appointment, and this time he will glue on your permanent crown with a strong cement after making the necessary adjustments.
One-day Dental Crown procedure
In this treatment, you can get a crown on the same day as your first appointment (provided your clinic has the required equipment) using 3-D imaging and CAD-CAM systems.
Using digital 3-D imaging technology, your dentist will take pictures of your tooth and scan them onto a computer
The computer will create a blueprint for a crown with your exact measurements
CAD-CAM machines will fabricate the crown in the dental office within 1-2 hours.
Your dentist will glue on the permanent crown using a strong cement, and you are good to go.
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More Questions about Dental Crowns?

  • Fillings (Restorations)-
    A filling or restoration can be used to build up decayed, broken down, or worn out teeth. However, when sizable areas of tooth structure have broken off or are worn out, fillings are not a good treatment option since they can get dislodged easily because of inadequate support and retention
  • Onlays-
    An onlay is like a partial crown which covers only the top part of your tooth and retains most of the natural tooth structure. They might be a suitable alternative to crowns in certain cases. Onlays do not require a lot of teeth structure to be trimmed off and are glued on to the teeth using bonding cement.
  • Veneers-
    Veneers are thin caps which cover only the front part of your tooth. Veneers are usually placed only for cosmetics to get a more aesthetic looking smile. They’re used to fill gaps or cover discolourations in the front teeth.
  • Tooth extraction
    When a tooth is so badly damaged that we cannot place any filling or restoration on it and we don’t want to place a crown either, then the only other option is to get it pulled out. Otherwise, the broken down tooth can get severely infected and affect the rest of your teeth.

Pros

  • Tooth protection from further damage (by physical and chemical wear down)
  • Cosmetic improvement (porcelain crowns look exactly like natural teeth)
  • Permanent treatment
  • Helps in replacement of missing tooth using implants & bridges

Cons

  • The tooth structure has to be cut off to make room for the crown
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks initially
  • Decay may occur below the crown if proper dental hygiene is not maintained
  • Improperly placed crowns can actually cause a lot of pain on biting
  • Porcelain crowns can wear out opposing natural teeth
  • PFM (Porcelain fused to metal) crowns have a dark line showing between the crown and tooth

Yes, dental crowns are a permanent treatment option for damaged teeth. But sometimes, your dentist can give a temporary crown between appointments just to protect your tooth until they fix the permanent crown for you. If taken care of properly, dental crowns can easily last up to 10-15 years.

Dental crowns are made up of a variety of materials like metal (gold, stainless steel etc), ceramic, porcelain or acrylic resin. Cost of porcelain and ceramic crowns is usually much higher than all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns.

Dental crowns cover the tooth and offer protection from attack by bacteria in the mouth, chemical agents like acids in food, and physical wear by abrasives.

Dental crowns are placed on teeth that are damaged so extensively by decay or physical wear that a simple filling is not sufficient. Teeth that have had a root canal treatment (RCT) done, also need to be capped with crowns because they become weak after RCT and need to be protected. Implants, bridges and cosmetic tooth improvements also require a dental crown to be placed.

The cost of your dental crown is inclusive of a lot of other costs that your dentist has to pay for. Cost of the dental crown depends on the material it’s made of, it’s manufacturing process, materials used by the dentist to fix the crown, overhead costs required to maintain the clinic and your dentist’s own experience and expertise.

They can last anywhere between 5-25 years depending on how much you care for them by maintaining good oral hygiene. Usually, dental crowns come with a guarantee of 10-15 years.

Yes, if a tooth has been RCT treated, extensively damaged by decay or dental disease, or worn down to a large extent, tooth crowns are absolutely necessary for protection. Implants and bridges also require tooth crowns to be placed.

A dental crown is a “cap” or cover for your tooth. It can be made up of different materials like metal (gold, stainless steel, alloys). ceramic, porcelain or resin. Crowns can be temporary (for a short period) or permanent. Usually, dental crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth, but 3/4th crowns are also available that cover only three out of the four surfaces of the tooth.

How much are Dental Crowns?

At Susan Crean Denal & Facial Aesthetics we offer a wide selection of dental treatments provided by some of the best dental staff in Tralee, each treatment designed to meet the individual needs of our patients. Working with your dentist to meet your dental health goals, you’ll find that there is always something to smile about. Our prices are competitive and our services top notch. Review our competitive price chart below. Book your appointment online. You can call our Tralee clinic at 0667117577.
You only get one set of teeth, Ensure a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums. Routine check-up appointments and professional cleanings with your dentist will help to keep small concerns from escalating into more serious dental problems.

Price List : General Dental Treatments

Check-up with x-ray : €70
Check-up without x-ray : €40
check-up (child <16years) : €30
Additional x-rays : €15 ea
OPG x-rays : €65 ea
PRSI - Scale & Polish & Cancer Screening : €15 (one per year)
Emergency Consultation (inc x-ray & prescription) : €65
Emergency Endodontic Treatment : €65

Price List : Cosmetic

Dental Crown (Porcelain) : €850-€950
Dental Crown (Metal/Porcelain) : €850
Glass Fibre/Metal Post : €200-€250
Core Build Up (Prior to Crown) : €100
Dental Veneer (Porcelain) : €795
Inlay / Onlay : €700
Dental Bridge : €795 per unit
Tooth Whitening (Bleaching Kit) : €250
Tooth Whitening (Bleaching Gels) : €25 ea

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