Dental Crowns or tooth cap

Dental Crowns or tooth cap

Artificial cap cemented on top of an existing tooth in order to protect it from further damage/decay is known as a crown. Factors such as dental crown cost, durability and strength are put into consideration while choosing a tooth cap. There are different types of dental crowns and cost such as porcelain. ceramic. metal. composite resin and a combination of materials.

When do I require a crown?

A crown will be needed under the following circumstances;

  • When a tooth has a large cavity that cannot hold a tooth filling effectively.
  • When the greater part of the tooth surface is fractured off or a cracked tooth crown due to injury.
  • Crown after root canal procedure. Root treated teeth tend to weaken with time after the procedure. This might lead to fracture of the treated tooth leading to decay. Pre-molars and molars are particularly susceptible. In order to protect them, it is advisable to put a teeth cap after root canal treatment
  • Crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve appearance especially when there is a heavy presence of fluorosis on the enamel. Crowns are used to mask the enamel thereby improving the appearance of the teeth.

Dental Crown Procedure at Our Dental Clinics in Nairobi

The dentist will first reshape your tooth that needs to be crowned, considerably reducing it to perfect size, a process known as crown preparation. The dentist will then take an impression of that tooth and take it to the lab where the dental technologist will prepare a perfect crown in the dental laboratory depending on the dimension given by the dentist. At this stage, a temporary crown will be fitted as you wait for the dental technologist to deliver your crown back to the dentist. Once your crown is ready, the dentist will replace the temporary crown with the permanent one from the laboratory.