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Dental Crowns in Dubai
What are crowns used for?
Do crowns require special care?
A crowned tooth doesn’t need special care, but you’ll need to follow your usual oral hygiene practice to protect the underlying tooth from decay and gum disease. This practice involves brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. Following dentist-recommended oral care habits will ensure your crows last up to 10 years or longer.
Also, remember that regular check-ups and professional cleanings are just as necessary to make sure you maintain your optimum oral health.
Dental Bridges in Dubai
Easily replace missing teeth with dental bridges
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap with one or more artificial teeth (called a pontic). A dentist places two crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. These supporting teeth, called abutment teeth, can be your natural teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges are essentially fixed removable dentures that literally fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is used to support the pontic that fills in the gap and is cemented in place.
Although a pontic can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
If you have lost a tooth/teeth, bridges can restore your smile, your ability to properly speak, bite, chew and maintain your facial structure. Bridges can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position into the void left by the missing tooth/teeth.
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The cost of dental crowns in Dubai can vary depending on your dental condition and the type of crown used. Porcelain crowns, for example, are typically more expensive than gold crowns, which are relatively more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
Your dentist will provide you with the exact cost on the day of your consultation.
Metal: There are several metals that can be used in dental crowns, including gold, palladium, nickel and chromium. They withstand biting and chewing forces well and are known to last the longest. Metal crowns rarely chip or break and only require a small amount of your tooth to be removed. The metallic colour is the main drawback of this type of crown. They are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
Stainless steel: These are prefabricated crowns that are primarily used on decayed or damaged teeth as a temporary protection measure while a permanent crown is made from another material. They are commonly used in pediatric dentistry as a way of preserving baby teeth that have become significantly decayed, damaged, chipped or broken. The crown fits over the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. When the primary tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it. In general, stainless steel crowns are used for children’s teeth because they don’t require multiple dental visits to fix them and are more cost-effective than custom-made crowns.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal: This type of dental crown can be matched to the colour of the adjacent teeth. However, sometimes the metal under the crown’s porcelain cap can peek through forming a dark line. There are chances of wearing the adjoining teeth with this crown type. Other downsides include the chance of the crown’s porcelain portion chipping or breaking off. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth, or even long bridges where the metal is needed for strength.
All-resin: These are generally less expensive compared to other types of crowns. However, they wear down over time and are more likely to crack and break than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain: These types of dental crowns provide a better natural colour match compared to any other crown type. They’re also a good choice for people with metal allergies. However, they aren’t as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and can also wear down the teeth opposing them in the mouth. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are a good choice for front teeth.
Zirconia Crowns: A popular choice, zirconia is a relatively new crown material that combines the strength of metal with the aesthetics, tooth-like appeal of porcelain crowns. These are the main advantages of zirconia crowns:
- They provide great aesthetics and closely match the colour of your teeth
- They are strong and long-lasting (fewer possibilities of chipping or breaking).
- The procedure to fix them can be less time-consuming as they can be shaped in the dentist’s office and need less preparation compared to other materials. They don’t have to be worked on in a dental lab.
- Zirconia Crowns are less likely to wear down due to their strength.
- They are biocompatible, meaning they are metal-free crowns, and won’t cause you any allergic reactions.
The main disadvantage of zirconia crowns is that they can be difficult to adjust, due to the strong material it is made of. Your natural teeth that bite against the strong zirconia may also sustain damage.
E- MAX Crowns: These are special types of crowns made from extremely tough lithium disilicate material. They are durable and aesthetically appealing too. Since lithium disilicate is known for its superior strength, these are hardy restorative crowns. E-max crowns are slightly translucent and hence come closest to matching your teeth colour. This property has made it a popular choice among patients, especially for front teeth restoration.
- Before a crown is crafted, the dentist will administer anaesthesia to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue.
- The tooth that needs treatment will be filed and reshaped to make room for the crown.
- However, if a large area of the tooth is missing (due to decay or damage), your dentist will use filling material to fortify the tooth to support the crown.
- Your dentist will take some impressions of the filed tooth and the adjacent teeth to custom-make your dental crown. A temporary crown is placed in the meantime to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is placed.
- On your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fit, shape, bite, and colour of the permanent custom-made crown. If it checks all the boxes, a local anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown will permanently be cemented in place.
The lifespan of a crown can depend on the amount of wear and tear the crown undergoes, and how well you follow dental hygiene practices. With good oral hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime. However, a crown may come loose or fall out if the underlying tooth is damaged by gum disease or tooth decay. Personal mouth-related habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging can also cause the crown to come undone.
- During your first visit, the dentist will reshape the abutment teeth, the teeth on either side of the gap. In case the two adjacent teeth are unhealthy, placing an implant may be recommended to hold the bridge in place
- The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create the artificial tooth/teeth and the bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth to cover and protect the exposed teeth and gums as you wait for the fixed bridge to be created
- On your next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the custom-made permanent bridge in your mouth. Crowns will also be placed, either cemented on your two healthy teeth or attached to your dental implants
Due to the strength of crowns, they are fairly permanent and typically won’t break on their own, even though they may experience normal wear and tear over the course of many years. Accidents or biting down on a hard item could chip or break a crown.
To ensure your crowns remain intact, remember not to bite down hard objects or use your crowns to open or cut food packs. Also, make sure to have a regular visit for professional cleaning and to check the condition of your crowns.