Dental Crowns Treatment

A dental crown is a full coverage cap that is cemented onto an existing tooth. This will restore the underlying tooth to normal function while also replicating the tooth’s natural appearance and structure.

Dental crowns are designed to restore heavily broken down teeth where a normal filling does not provide sufficient support. There are also many other reasons for dental crowns to be used in modern dental treatment in Singapore. These include:

  • If you have a deep bite
  • If you clench or grind your teeth
  • If you have broken or worn down teeth
  • If you have previously had root canal treatment of your tooth
  • If you have fillings which repeatedly break or fracture
  • If you want an aesthetic improvement (dental crowns can be used as part of a smile makeover process)

Advantages of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer many advantages for those seeking dental restoration. These versatile solutions rejuvenate the aesthetics and function of damaged teeth and play a pivotal role in boosting overall oral health.

Dental Crown Surgery Process

Types of Dental Crowns

Full Metal Crowns

Full metal crowns, while less common in Singapore due to their distinctive appearance, hold distinct advantages in terms of durability and strength. Composed entirely of metal, often semi-precious or precious varieties to ensure quality and longevity, these dental crowns can withstand substantial biting and chewing forces. Their robust nature makes them ideal for back teeth that endure the most wear.

While aesthetics might concern some, we often fuse full metal crowns with tooth-coloured porcelain at Ashford Dental. This technique allows us to maintain the strength of metal while offering an aesthetically pleasing exterior that blends with your natural teeth.

In some instances, due to specific bite characteristics, a full metal crown may be the most suitable choice for back teeth. Should this be the case, our dentists will discuss this thoroughly, providing examples to ensure you understand how they look and function.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Porcelain fused with metal crowns represents a fusion of strength and aesthetics, making them one of the most popular choices in dentistry. These dental crowns are created by fusing a layer of tooth-coloured porcelain into a metal base. The metal foundation provides the durability and strength needed to withstand biting and chewing forces, while the porcelain exterior offers a pleasing aesthetic that closely resembles your natural teeth.

As the porcelain is fused to the metal, only the tooth-coloured porcelain is visible, ensuring a natural-looking result. The inner metal layer remains hidden, providing the strength needed for the dental crown. This amalgamation offers an economically sensible choice in Singapore, balancing aesthetic appeal and structural integrity.

The combination of high tensile and compressive strength and a pleasing aesthetic outcome makes porcelain fused to metal crowns an excellent choice for many patients. Whether for front or back teeth, these crowns provide a reliable and beautiful solution to restore your smile and oral functionality.

Full Ceramics Crowns

There are several types of full porcelain dental crowns available in Singapore. The type of crown we use depends on the type of ceramic required in your situation. For instance, in some cases hardness and strength is more important than aesthetic appearance. Our doctors and laboratory technicians decide on the best type of ceramic for your specific tooth.

Advancements in clinical dentistry have seen introductions of newer ceramic materials which have many advantages over traditional ceramics and metal dental crowns. At Ashford Dental, we are able to offer you the full range of contemporary ceramic options which include:

Leucite Reinforced Pressable Porcelain Crowns

  • High flexural strength
  • Durable
  • Excellent aesthetics

Lithium Disilicate Porcelain Crowns

  • Very high flexural strength
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Superb aesthetics. This material allows comprehensive layering of different shades of ceramic making it capable of achieving great aesthetic results in even the most complex cases.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia is essentially a type or sub-class of full ceramic dental crowns as described above. It provides excellent aesthetics and is indistinguishable from your natural teeth, as are full ceramic crowns.

The fundamental difference with Zirconia lies in its strength. Zirconia is an extremely hard crystal which will give your dental crown a very high degree of compressive strength allowing for strong loads and longevity in your mouth.

Despite its hardness, it is extremely safe and has been used very successfully for many years in dentistry. It has many uses in both cosmetic and functional applications and continues to be one of the most popular choices for dental crown materials today in Singapore.

Solid or Monolithic Zirconia

  • Extremely high flexural strength
  • Virtually unbreakable
  • Ideal for patients who grind their teeth or have very deep bites

High Translucent Zirconia

  • Very high flexural strength
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Transmits the colour of adjacent teeth, thus blending perfectly with natural teeth
  • Ideal for aesthetically significant situations

While dental crown surgery procedures at Ashford Dental are done with the utmost precision and care, it’s essential to learn about the potential risks that any dental procedure may entail. Our commitment to transparency ensures that you’re well-informed about these possibilities before making your decision.

Sensitivity and Discomfort

Post-surgery sensitivity is one of the most common issues patients may experience following the placement of a dental crown. This typically presents as a minor discomfort or increased sensitivity when the crowned tooth comes into contact with hot or cold substances. This sensation usually subsides over a few days to weeks as your mouth adjusts to the new crown. However, should this sensitivity persist, it could indicate an issue with the underlying tooth pulp or the fit of the dental crown, and you should contact our clinic for a follow-up.

Chipping or Fracture of the Crown

While dental crowns are crafted from durable materials, they can occasionally chip or fracture, especially under extreme pressure or impact. This is more commonly seen in porcelain crowns compared to metal-based crowns. In case of a minor chip, a repair may be possible within the mouth. However, more severe fractures often necessitate the replacement of the crown.

Loosening of the Crown

Over time, the cement used to bond the dental crown to the tooth can wash out, causing the crown to loosen or even fall out. If not addressed promptly, this could lead to decay in the remaining tooth underneath. Should you notice any movement or shifting of your crown, contact us immediately.

Allergic Reaction

Though rare, some patients may experience an allergic reaction to the materials used in the dental crown, particularly metal alloys. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include persistent discomfort, itching, or rashes in the mouth. If you suspect an allergic reaction, contact our team for advice.

Following your dental crown surgery, appropriate aftercare is critical. Taking diligent care of your dental crown can help ensure it lasts for many years and continues to provide a healthy, aesthetically pleasing smile. These are some of the aftercare tips you can follow to maintain your dental crowns:

Oral Hygiene Practices

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential for overall oral health, but it becomes even more crucial when you have dental crown surgery. Regular brushing at least twice a day and daily flossing should be a non-negotiable part of your dental care routine. Focus specifically on the area where your gum line meets your crown, often a hotspot for bacteria build-up.

Consider incorporating an antimicrobial mouthwash into your routine for extra protection against plaque and potential gum diseases. We advise consulting our dental team at Ashford Dental before making any significant changes to your oral care regime.

Dietary Considerations

Additionally, be mindful of your diet in the initial period after your crown placement surgery. Hard or sticky foods could dislodge or crack a new dental crown. We recommend opting for softer foods and gradually reintroducing your regular diet as your mouth adjusts to the new crown.

Even though your crown is built to endure regular chewing, try to avoid using your teeth as tools for opening packages or cracking nuts. These actions can be harmful to both natural teeth and dental crowns.

Regular Dental Appointments

Regular check-ups at Ashford Dental are vital for ensuring the ongoing health and integrity of your dental crown and your surrounding teeth. These visits allow us to monitor your crown’s condition, conduct professional cleanings, and identify and address potential issues early.

Monitoring for Potential Warning Signs

Stay vigilant for any warning signs that might suggest an issue with your crown. Symptoms such as heightened sensitivity, discomfort while biting, inflammation of the gum around the crown, or feeling that the crown is loose are all red flags. In case your dental crown falls out or if you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to contact us promptly for a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns Surgery in Singapore

Will I need a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent crown to be made?

Yes, you will need a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent crown. This is to protect the prepared tooth, enable normal eating and speaking, and maintain the aesthetics of your smile during the interim period when the permanent dental crown is being custom-made in our lab.

Will getting a dental crown surgery cause pain or discomfort?

At Ashford Dental, we prioritise patient comfort during all procedures, including dental crown placement. Our team uses local anaesthesia to numb the area, minimising pain during the procedure. Post-surgery, there may be some sensitivity or mild discomfort, which typically subsides after a few days and can be managed with the help of over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long can a dental crown be expected to last?

The longevity of a dental crown varies, but on average, a well-maintained dental crown can last between 10 to 15 years. Factors such as the material of the crown, oral hygiene practices, diet, and regular dental check-ups can influence this lifespan. Some crowns can last longer with excellent care.

Can dental crowns be placed on any tooth in the mouth?

Yes, dental crowns can be placed on any tooth in the mouth, whether they are front teeth or back molars. The type and appearance of the crown may vary based on its location to fulfil different requirements, like strength for chewing in molars or aesthetics for visible front teeth. The suitability will be assessed by our dentists during consultation.

Can I eat normally with a dental crown, or are there any dietary restrictions?

Post-dental crown surgery, you can eat normally. However, it’s advisable to initially avoid hard or sticky foods that could dislodge or damage the crown. Gradually reintroduce your regular diet as your mouth adjusts. While crowns are durable, avoid using them as tools, like cracking nuts, to prevent potential damage.

Cost Information

The cost of a dental crown in Singapore depends on the type of material chosen and the number of crowns being done. Specific insurance plans may cover part or all of the cost of dental crown procedures; however, it’s ideal to check with your insurance provider to understand the details of your coverage.

Medisave, Singapore’s national savings scheme, may also be utilised for certain dental crown procedures. However, it’s important to note that the use of Medisave is subject to regulations and withdrawal limits.

Subsidies may also be available for qualified individuals under specific government schemes such as the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS), the Pioneer Generation (PG), and the Merdeka Generation (MG) packages. These subsidies can offset some of the cost of dental crown procedures.

Book a consultation with our friendly, experienced dentists and we can advise you further on the pricing details.

Visit Our Dental Clinics

Ashford Dental Centre boasts three accessible locations across Singapore, providing comprehensive dental care services, including dental implant procedures.

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