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A dental crown is an effective treatment used to restore a tooth that has been damaged. It protects the vulnerable tooth and adds structural support, making them an optimal choice. In this article, we are going to look at some frequently asked questions regarding dental crown treatment in Malta.

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown, popularly known as a cap, is a permanent prosthetic tool which is cemented on a tooth. Once it is bonded to an existing tooth, only a qualified dentist can remove it.

Why Is A Dental Crown Needed?

There are certain conditions that require a tooth to be restored using a dental crown. Some of them include;

  • To replace a large filling
  • To strengthen teeth and prevent weak ones from fracturing
  • To cover a damaged tooth to prevent further deterioration
  • To improve teeth alignment
  • To conceal a dental implant
  • To attach a bridge
  • To cover a discoloured tooth
  • To improve the overall appearance

What Types of Crowns Are Available?

Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Crowns

These are probably the most commonly used crowns. They consist of a cast metal alloy base that is covered in porcelain to match your natural tooth colour. They are less expensive than full porcelain crowns but also a little less aesthetic.

Porcelain

Porcelain crowns are aesthetically appealing and quite easy to fabricate to match the surrounding teeth. Still, since this material is thick, more of the tooth needs to be filed, and the dentist may still not be able to achieve a good fit, especially along the gum line.

All Resin

These are the most affordable types of dental crowns. However, they are more prone to fractures than other types of crowns and wear down over time. They are a medium-term solution and cannot be used in all situations.

All-Ceramic Or Porcelain

These provide better natural colours than any other types of crowns. They are highly suitable for people with metal allergies and can be used for both front and back teeth. Since this material is thicker, more of the tooth needs to be filed.

Permanent Or Temporary

Temporary crowns are made in a dentist’s office, whereas the permanent ones are prepared in a specialised dental lab. A temporary crown is made of stainless steel or an acrylic-based material and is used as a temporary solution before the permanent one is ready.

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Do I Always Need A Root Canal Treatment To Have A Crown?

A dental canal treatment is not necessary in every case. However, if the fracture or decay is near the pulp (nerve), this is essential. It is crucial that you consider the pros and cons to help you decide whether a root canal treatment is necessary before the crown placement.

Do Crowns Look False?

No. A crown is made to match your teeth as closely as possible. During the preparation, the shade of your natural teeth will be recorded to aid in making sure that the colour of the crown matches that of your natural teeth.

Will The Crown Feel Any Different?

The high chances are that you will be aware of it at first since the dental crown’s shape will be to some extent different from that of your natural tooth. However, in a few days, it will feel normal as you will have had time to get used to it. If the crown does not feel right after a few days after it has been fitted, the occlusion (bite) might need some final adjustment.

Can I Whiten My Dental Crown?

No. The material used to make dental crowns does not react well to the whitening treatments. If you opt to whiten your natural teeth, the crown will remain the same and may look different from the newly whitened teeth. If you need to whiten your teeth, it is recommended to do it before having the dental crowns installed so that the shaded of the crowns can be matched to the whitened shade of your teeth.

What Steps Are Involved In Preparing A Tooth For A Crown Installation?

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The dentist begins by preparing the teeth to the ideal shape. This involves removing a layer of enamel to create space for the crown to fit in line with the rest of your teeth. The amount of preparation of the tooth required depends on the material chosen. As soon as the preparation is done, the dentist will proceed to take impressions and a bite registration record.

Temporary Dental Crown: How To Care For Them

Since a temporary dental crown is a temporary fix, it is crucial that you take good care of them. Some of the precautions suggested by dentists include:

  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods that have the potential to grab and pull off the crown
  • Avoid chewing hard foods like raw carrots as they can break or dislodge the crown
  • When eating, avoid using the side with the temporary crown
  • Instead of lifting out dental floss, slide it when cleaning between your teeth to prevent pulling off the temporary crown

What Problems May Arise With A Dental Crown?

Sensitivity And Discomfort

After the procedure, the crowned tooth may become sensitive as the anaesthesia wears off. If the crowned tooth has a nerve, you may experience some sensitivity to cold and heat. In such a case, your dentist will endorse the use of toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth and the sensitivity should wear off after a few days.

Chipped Crown

All porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns can sometimes chip. If the chip is small, your dentist will use a composite resin to repair it. However, this is just a temporary fix. If the chipping is extensive, the entire crown may need to be replaced.

Loose Crown

Sometimes, the cement seal under the crown might break, making the crown lose; this allows bacteria to leak in and might cause decay to the remaining tooth. If your crown feels loose, make sure to contact your dentist for re-cementation.

Crown Falls Off

Crowns may also fall off, mainly due to decaying of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. In many cases, they can be re-cemented.

Allergic reaction

Very rarely, patients with allergies to certain cast metals will experience an allergic reaction. Patients should advise their dentist of any known allergies. In such cases, all porcelain crowns are used instead.

Dark Line On The Crowned Tooth

A dark line may develop near the gum line of the crowned tooth if you have a porcelain-fused to metal crown. The dark line is just the crown’s metal showing through as gums recede slowly with time. Although it is not a problem in itself, the dark line can be cosmetically unappealing, and you may opt to have it replaced with a full porcelain crown.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last for anywhere between 10 to 20 years. How long they last also depend on how well you look after them as crowns are supported on natural teeth. Your dentist will tell you the dental hygiene practices that you need to follow to take care of your dental crowns and your entire mouth.

Does A Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?

Crowned teeth don’t need any special care. However, when a tooth is crowned, it does not mean that it is protected from gum disease and decay. You, therefore, need to continue following good oral hygiene practices, including flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day, taking special care of the area where the gum meets the tooth.

Is It Painful To Get A Crown?

No. A local anaesthetic will be administered before the procedure. This means that it won’t feel any different from getting a filling.

Can I Undergo Orthodontics If I Have a Crown?

Yes. Even with a dental crown, you can still correct crooked teeth. However, traditional braces may not bond well to crowns if they are made of metal or porcelain. for this reason, clear plastic aligners are recommended.

How Much Does A Dental Crown In Malta Cost?

Dental crown treatment costs will depend on the complexity of the case, however, in general, they start from approximately €385. Please refer to our indicative pricing list for the most up-to-date information.

Is Dental Crown On A Front Tooth Possible?

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Dentists are trained to come up with the best form of treatment for various dental problems. This includes dental crowns when necessary. Therefore, it is possible to place a dental crown on the front tooth.

What Exactly Does A Dental Crown With A Post Mean?

A dental crown is done when your tooth is severely damaged. Usually, the remaining tissue of that particular tooth is inadequate to support the crown. This makes it necessary for the dentist to first cement a post on the root of your tooth, which acts as a foundation for the crown. This is also called a dental implant.

How Many Visits To Place A Dental Crown Fully?

You need two visits to the dentist’s office to have a dental crown fitted. During the first visit, the affected tooth is examined and X-rays may be taken as part of the assessment. The dentist then fits a temporary crown as you wait for the construction of a permanent one.

The second visit takes place after the permanent crown is constructed. The dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with a permanent one.

What Is A Zirconium Dental Crown?

This is a dental crown made from a metal that is known as zirconia. Zirconium dental crowns resemble the natural tooth in terms of color. It is also biocompatible, meaning that your mouth doesn’t react to it negatively and making it one of the better materials to use for dental crown treatment.

Are There Dental Crowns Alternatives?

There are alternatives to dental crowns, but this depends on the level of damage on a tooth. If there is considerable damage, then a dental crown is required. In cases where a significant part of the tooth is intact, a large filling is used instead of a dental crown.

Can Dental Crown Come Loose?

A dental crown may come loose due to various factors. For instance, an underlying decay in the tooth encased by a crown may make it loose. Also, the deterioration of the cement that holds the crown in place may cause this problem.

Other reasons include ageing of the crown, chewing of sticky foods and clenching or grinding your teeth frequently.

What Aftercare Is Required?

The loss of a dental crown is an emergency. You should seek dental attention immediately if your crown becomes loose or falls out. A dentist should be able to fit it back in the shortest time possible. This helps to protect your tooth from further damage.

You can also try re-attaching it temporarily using toothpaste before you get to your dentist. This helps protect your tooth from infection until you receive the necessary dental care.

If you lose a dental crown, you should inform your dentist so that they expedite your appointment. Note that when a crown falls off and your tooth is left naked, it becomes more susceptible to infections.

Can Dental Crowns Discolour Over Time?

Modern dental crowns are made from high-quality materials that hardly stain. But since the chewing process is mechanical, the outer layer of the crown may be scrubbed off.

Sodas and other acidic beverages may also corrode the outer layer of a dental crown, leading to their discolouration over time.

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Joseph Xuereb
Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams' full biographical information can be found here.