Tag: crowns

Change to a better smile: Dr Nik

Change to a better smile: Dr Nik

“Doctor, I want to crown my front teeth” This is what she said to me when I asked her the purpose of her visit. It was her first time in our clinic and she knew us from her brother whom I did a dental makeover…

Saving the Tooth – Dr. Shanaz

Saving the Tooth – Dr. Shanaz

“Help doc! I don’t want to remove the tooth, is there any way you can save it? – sounds familiar? We deal with a lot of these questions! Truth be told, every single dentist would definitely want to try to save the tooth before removing…

Dental Crowns – Dr Tan Swee Ling

Dental Crowns – Dr Tan Swee Ling

It is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a natural tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. Basically, it is like giving a tooth a face-lift.

When & why a crown is needed?

  1. To protect and support a weak tooth with minimal sound tooth structure (eg. Decay, severely worn down)
  2. To restore broken or cracked tooth
  3. To hide severely discoloured tooth
  4. For aesthetic modification of poorly shaped tooth
  5. To cover a dental implant
  6. Joined together as a dental bridge to replace missing tooth

Types of Crowns?

Porcelain-fused-to-metal

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be colour matched to your adjacent teeth. These crowns can be a good choice for back teeth as well as long bridges where the metal is needed for strength. However, the crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede.

Porcelain-fused-metal Crown in different angles
Multiple PFM Crowns [ Front & Back View ]
PFM Dental Bridge [ Top & Bottom View ]

Ceramic

This material provides better natural colour match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. All-ceramic crowns can be used for front and back teeth.

Ceramic crown [ Top & Bottom View ]

Metal

Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The metallic colour is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.

I hope this little information about types of materials commonly used for fabricating crowns will be useful for you if you are in a dilemma which material to go for.

That’s all for now, I shall more in my next post. Till then, take care and have a great weekend ahead!

Dr Tan SL
tansweeling@story.drfauziah.com

Here’s How I Solve A Single Tooth Discoloration. Case 2 – Dr Gan

Here’s How I Solve A Single Tooth Discoloration. Case 2 – Dr Gan

In my last discussion about single tooth discoloration, I mentioned that trauma to tooth is one of the most common reasons for tooth necrosis leading to discoloration. Here I am presenting a case with single tooth discoloration due to accident few years back. Clement had…

Here’s How I Solve A Single Tooth Discoloration – Dr Gan

Here’s How I Solve A Single Tooth Discoloration – Dr Gan

It is not uncommon to see someone with a single discolored tooth. There are various reasons why a tooth discolors; including but not limited to extensive dental caries, pulp necrosis (dead tooth) and root canal treatment. Among all the reasons, trauma leading to pulp necrosis…