A Dental Crown “crown/cap” is often required when the tooth has been Root canal
Treated or severely damaged by the decay and is best restored by a crown/cap over it.
Sometimes a crown can also be used for smile designing/cosmetic procedures for
improving color and the shape. Conventionally the crowns were made of metal or
ceramic layered over metal (Porcelain Crown). The development in material sciences
has helped dentistry to move towards metal free alternatives such as ZIrconia Crown or
lithium di-silicates (Active ingredients of metal free crowns)
Dentistry in recent years is moving more towards metal free alternatives in dental crowns because of
superior aesthetics and high strength which is comparable to that of a metal, thus giving a higher
Metal free crowns can produce life like
characteristics and reflect the light as a natural tooth would. It
minimizes the possibilities of appearance of
grey metal margins when the gum starts receding.
- Procedure Duration: 1 to 3 hours, Depending on the number of teeth needing crowns.
- Number of Appointments: Two to four visits.
- Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is given but may not be needed.
- Shelf life: Results can last for 6 to 15 years with proper dental hygiene.
- Healing time: None.
- Possible Risks: May include thermal sensitivity in some rare cases.
Metal Free Crowns FAQ
There are different types of
materials, Metal and Metal alloys, High Strength Ceramics which
are constituents of Crowns,
Veneers and Bridges. Their selection varies as per different areas of
requirements and different suitability for different people. However the
appearance of Crown, Veneer
or Bridge is not dependent upon the different Constituents of the Crown
but is mainly dependent upon
the skill and the artesian skill of Dental Laboratory.
The average shelf life is 6
to 15 years varying from individual to individual. Any progression of
Gum Disease or Dental Decay
to the tooth can hamper the shelf life.
No Often Crowns are placed over the teeth without Root Canal Therapy.
Not necessarily. Sometimes
it is sensible and economical to place bridges over the teeth if the
adjacent teeth also require
No, good quality Dentistry can result in highly realistic and life like Dental
The Dentist may occasionally
use local anesthesia primarily to numb the area. Thereafter the
teeth are contoured so that
the restoration can fit precisely over it. The tooth preparation is
and may take sometime (20 to
40 Minutes). Impressions of the prepared/ contoured teeth along with
impressions of opposite Jaw
are sent to our high quality Dental Laboratories to have Veneers, Crowns
Meanwhile, a plastic temporary crown is placed over the prepared teeth.
the final product is
delivered by the Dental Laboratory we try them, verify the fit, and then
back onto your teeth.
It will depend upon your
situation and Clinical requirements. Sometimes it may take several
weeks to deliver a good
quality manufactured Crown. Meantime you can have the temporary or the
plastic Crowns. Please
Remember Quality work cannot be accomplished in short time intervals.
No, only the best quality
Veneers, Bridges and Crowns are used for our Patients. We used
different labs for different
cases because some labs can reproduce results better for younger
older people or bleached
teeth better than few other labs. Under no circumstance we used any
quality material or Dental
device even if they were cheaper.