Understanding Dentistry: Dental Crowns
With its outstanding in-house laboratory and technology, Doctor Martin is the go-to place as far as dental crowns are concerned. Ranked among leading dental clinics in Slovakia and Central Europe, their specialists now tell you everything you need to know about dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Made either from pure ceramic or a metal-ceramic composite, the crown is carefully placed on top of the tooth or implant.
When do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They protect a weak tooth from breaking or hold together parts of a cracked tooth. They also allow us to restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
However, a dental crown is also very useful to hold a dental bridge in place and to cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth or a dental implant. Furthermore, with increasing frequency, dental crowns are also used for aesthetic purposes to make a cosmetic modification.
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What is the treatment like?
These days, having a dental crown attached to your tooth or implant is a very simple and absolutely painless procedure. If just like Doctor Martin, your clinic has got a modern in-house laboratory, everything is done very quickly using modern digital tools.
At the beginning of this one-day treatment, we first take a digital imprint of your tooth to know exactly what kind of dental crown we’re looking for. Using CADCAM, which stands for computer-aided design, the crown is designed.
We then move to the laboratory and in what takes no more than two minutes, your crown is produced in a hybrid milling machine.
With such modern tools, the whole process is digital, meaning you can be absolutely certain your dental crown will fit in and you’ll be able to use your tooth in no time. Depending on your needs, you can only have a single custom-made dental crown but also as many as twelve of them.
Who should receive a dental crown?
Given that inserting a dental crown is a quick, painless and non-invasive procedure, there are no restrictions and dental crowns are generally perfectly suitable for everyone.
Dental Crowns restore damaged or unsightly teeth or are used to bridge gaps where there is a missing tooth to enable the patient to protect the tooth root, eat normally and have an improved aesthetic appearance.
We do generally recommend replacing a missing tooth with an implant and a crown to come on top of it later, however, there are situations when we are able to tell a dental bridge is indeed the better solution. Obviously, we always explain all procedures to our clients, discuss them and only act upon their approval.
How many visits will a dental crown take?
Dental crowns can save you a lot of time. Getting a new one is a one-day treatment with two short visits within a few hours. With an in-house laboratory, some time is needed to actually produce the crown, but the treatment itself is always finished within a single day.
To get to know us and to know what you can expect, we also provide online consultation. Our specialists are fluent in English and flexible. All you have to do to get a free online consultation is contact us.
Benefits of a dental crown
- protects your teeth if they are cracked or broken
- feels just like a normal tooth
- suitable for both natural teeth and implants
- quick to produce and easy to insert
- custom-made to ensure a perfect fit
- saves time and money
Drawbacks of a dental crown
- If the original tooth has deteriorated too much, the root on which the dental crown is placed may fail regardless of what we do
- A dental crown has got its limits. You have to avoid biting extremely hard things.
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How much does a dental crown cost?
Dental crowns don’t just save time, they also save you money.
Typically, a single dental crown costs in private dental clinics between £550 – £1100 in the UK. In Slovakia, the price at Doctor Martin is £260 for a metal-ceramic crown and £340 for an all-ceramic E-max crown. Doctor Martin ranks among the best dental clinics in Slovakia and Central Europe and all crowns come with a 5-year guarantee.
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