Restoring teeth with dental crowns or caps is our way of improving the appearance and strength of damaged, decayed, fractured, or weakened teeth. They are basically tooth shaped restorative caps which are fitted on a portion of a tooth that is seen above the gums in a way that it becomes the external surface of the tooth giving it the required protection, strength and beauty. As compared to inlays or onlays which cover only the biting surface, crowns enclose the whole visible portion of the tooth to give it complete protection.
The most common reason to cover a tooth with a crown is after a root canal treatment. The recommended conditions that would need one of the many types of dental crowns are:-
- To cover and protect a tooth that has been weakened, usually due to decay.
- To stabilize sections of a cracked tooth.
- To repair broken teeth.
- To repair a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- To reinforce a tooth that has had a root canal.
- To change the position of wrongly positioned teeth.
- To repair misshaped or severely discoloured teeth.
- To finish a dental implant procedure.
Advantage Smilekraft Dentistry
What is great about getting dental crowns done at Smilekraft Dentistry in Pune is that we utilize only the state of the art techniques in the fabrication of a crown, such as the Waterlase laser machine used by us and the CAD-CAM technology used by our preferred dental laboratories. Apart from the strength of the material used for the fabrication of a crown, the most important factor that governs the longevity of any restoration is its bond with the remaining tooth structure and the bio-compatibility with the surrounding gums and tissues. If the bond or the margins of the cap are not up to the mark, it will affect the underlying tooth in a more harmful way than it would be without the crown. Thus along with using the best materials for crown fabrication which are aesthetically and functionally very tough, our main emphasis rests on the proper fixing or seating of the crown.
And that's where the Waterlase laser and the CAD-CAM machines come into picture. The Waterlase laser helps us to achieve the perfect tooth margins where the cap or the crown would end. This margin should always rest on the good part of the tooth, covering the decayed or lost portion and not on the decayed part or the gums around it. A good margin or junction between a cap and the tooth will always maintain a fine seal between them that will prevent any food accumulation around the tooth protecting it from harmful bacterial attack. After preparing the tooth with perfect margins, impression procedures of the highest standard are performed utilizing the best in class impression materials.
Then, using CAD-CAM techniques our dental laboratory fabricates a crown for you on the basis of the measurement or impression taken by us. The benefit of using these CAD-CAM machines is that they can scan and fabricate every minute detail of the impressions, aiding us to achieve our goal of a perfect marginal fit of the cap. The kind of marginal and biological integrity achieved by the crowns done at Smilekraft Dentistry cannot be matched by the sub-standard hand-made crowns done elsewhere.
Changing and improving the trends in crown making
In earlier times, metal was considered to be the most durable and bio-compatible material that could be used for restorative purposes in dentistry. That still holds true for gold. But because of the expense, it's use has become limited. Then came the hard metallic alloys. Toughness-wise they were amazing, but their unaesthetic appearance and the bio-compatibility issues have currently made their use outdated. To improve the appearance, metal was coated with a layer of ceramic to give some natural appearance. These types of dental crowns called the PFM(Porcelain fused to metal) became very popular before their drawbacks started to surface. The bond between the ceramic and metal fractured frequently exposing the blackish inner metal.
Also aesthetically because of the underlying metal the crowns still looked dull as compared to natural teeth. This led to the advent of the All Ceramic or Porcelain crowns. Aesthetically they matched the tooth appearance perfectly. Ceramic is highly inert as compared to the metallic alloys used for making caps, thus eliminating the bio-compatibility issue also. But the earlier ceramic crowns lacked the toughness of the metallic crowns. They used to fracture frequently under heavy biting pressure of the back molar teeth. That kept their usage limited to the front teeth.
Then came the trend changing material ZIRCONIA. Zirconia is a white crystalline oxide of the metal Zirconium. It is highly inert and biocompatible, has extreme toughness and is used individually or in combination with ceramics to give the best of the crowns available today. The introduction of Zirconia Crowns totally changed the life-expectancy of dental restorations. Earlier it was thought that a good crown should last you about 10-15 years. The use of CAD-CAM techniques to fabricate Zirconia Crowns has enabled us to give you crown restorations that should last you a lifetime and not only 15 or 20 years.
In simple words, the current Zirconia Crowns done at Smilekraft Dentistry by Dr. Priyank Mathur will never wear, never fracture or fall off, will remain beautiful and maintain the health of the underlying teeth forever with normal hygiene and maintenance. Smilekraft Dentistry specifically excels in doing crowns of the highest standards available at present in the world, with the help of our preferred brands viz. 3M, Czar, Nobel Procera and E-Max crowns from Ivoclar
Smilekraft Dentistry specifically excels in doing crowns of the highest standards available at present in the world, with the help of our preferred brands viz. 3M, Czar, Nobel Procera and E-Max from Ivoclar.
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