Avg. treatment time
2 - 3 hours
No. of treatments
1 - 2
The part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line is known as the crown. Occasionally with decay, fractures or large fillings, the crowns of teeth can deteriorate so much so that they become functionally and aesthetically compromised.
In this situation, the only way to restore the tooth is to fabricate artificial dental crowns. This is because they enable complete coverage of the tooth to provide protection to the compromised tooth structure. They also act as a barrier for infection for teeth which have recently undergone root canal therapy.
At the Neem Tree, we use only the most advanced dental materials for our crowns which are built to last. Our dental crowns are available in a variety of different materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These materials are carefully selected by your dentist, depending on the needs of your teeth.
These dental crowns are created from 2 main components. The inner core is crafted using a metal alloy, which gives them increased strength and durability. The outer shell is then created using several layers of porcelain, which is bonded to the inner metal core. Along with fully ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused crowns offer the best aesthetic replacement for natural teeth, (especially when compared with gold alloy crowns). These kinds of crowns are often used for teeth further forward in the mouth, as they best resemble your natural teeth. They are also suitable for teeth further back in the mouth. This is because the inner metal core gives added durability to withstand the wear and tear of constant chewing and biting.
Unlike Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns, these crowns are fully crafted using only several layers of porcelain. They do not have a metal inner core of supporting structure. Since the metal core may sometimes show through the porcelain (especially if your gums have receded), all-porcelain crowns offer the best replacement for natural teeth in terms of aesthetics. Some patients have allergies to certain metals, in such cases all-porcelain crowns are often the best and safest option.
Historically, dental crowns have usually been created using metal alloys. Often made using a gold alloy, metal crowns can also be made using bio-compatible material such as Nickel and Chromium. Their metal structure gives them far greater strength and durability, allowing them to withstand the constant stress of chewing, biting and grinding of teeth. However, they do stand out quite vividly next to naturally coloured teeth and even porcelain crowns.
This fact, coupled with their durability, makes them ideal for replacing molars. This is due to the fact that they are further back, and so out of sight, but also because molars bear the brunt of work in terms of chewing. Unfortunately, they can be more expensive than other materials (especially gold allow) and are unsuitable for patients with metal allergies.
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