Dental Crowns at Polygems Dental Care
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over damaged or decayed teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns can also be used to cover dental implants or root canal-treated teeth. Dental crowns are made from various materials, such as metal, porcelain, ceramic, or resin. They are custom-made to match the colour and contour of your natural teeth.
Why Do You Need Dental Crowns?
You may need dental crowns if you have one or more of the following dental problems:
- A large cavity that cannot be filled with a regular filling
- A cracked, chipped, or broken tooth that affects your oral health and function
- A discoloured or stained tooth that does not respond to whitening treatments
- A worn-down or uneven tooth that detracts from your facial harmony
- A missing tooth that needs to be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge
Dental crowns can help you improve your smile and confidence by correcting these issues. They can also protect your teeth from further damage or decay and enhance your chewing and speaking abilities.
How are Dental Crowns Performed?
Dental crowns are performed by a qualified dentist at Polygems Dental Care. The procedure usually takes two to three visits and involves the following steps:
- The dentist will examine your mouth and take an X-ray to assess the condition and suitability of your tooth for a dental crown.
- The dentist will discuss with you the type and design of the dental crown that best suits your needs and preferences. You can choose between different materials, shapes, sizes, colours, and alignments of your crown.
- The dentist will prepare your tooth by removing some enamel from it to make room for the crown. This may cause some sensitivity or discomfort.
- The dentist will take an impression of your prepared tooth and send it to a dental laboratory where your crown will be fabricated. This may take one to two weeks.
- The dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is ready.
- The dentist will receive the final crown from the laboratory and place it on your tooth. They will check the fit, colour, shape, and appearance of your crown and make any necessary adjustments.
- The dentist will cement the permanent crown to your tooth using a special adhesive. They will then polish and trim the excess material and check your bite and smile.
- The dentist will give you some instructions on how to care for your dental crown and schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress.
What are the Benefits and Risks of Dental Crowns?
The benefits of dental crowns are:
- They restore the appearance and function of your damaged or decayed teeth
- They last for a long time with proper care and maintenance
- They look and feel like natural teeth
The risks of dental crowns are:
- They may cause some temporary sensitivity or irritation of your tooth or gum after the treatment
- They may not match the colour or shape of your adjacent teeth if you have dental restorations that do not match the colour of your natural teeth
- They may require frequent relining or replacement as your tooth or gum changes over time due to ageing or disease
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?
The cost of dental crowns depends on several factors, such as:
- The type and number of crowns that you need
- The complexity and duration of the procedure
- The experience and qualifications of the dentist
- The location and reputation of the dental clinic
Can I Use MediSave Pay for Dental Crown?
No, you cannot use MediSave to pay for your Dental Crown procedure.
Can I Use CHAS subsidies for Dental Crown?
Yes, you can at the point of publishing. For updated information, head to www.chas.sg
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about dental crowns:
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last for several years if they are well-maintained and cared for. However, they may need to be relined or replaced as your tooth or gum changes over time due to ageing or disease. You should visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning to ensure that your dental crown fits properly and functions well.
How do I care for my dental crown?
You should care for your dental crown as you would for your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss your teeth once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and crown. You should also rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after eating or drinking to prevent staining. You should avoid biting on hard foods or objects that may damage your crown, such as ice, nuts, bones, or pens. You should also avoid habits that may harm your crown, such as grinding your teeth, clenching your jaw, or chewing your nails.
Can I whiten my dental crown?
No, you cannot whiten your dental crown as it is made of artificial material that does not respond to whitening treatments. If you want to whiten your teeth, you should do it before getting your dental crown so that the dentist can match the colour of your crown to your whitened teeth. If you already have a dental crown and want to whiten your teeth, you may need to replace your crown with a new one that matches the colour of your whitened teeth