It is very common for people to chip or lose a tooth due to an accidental injury. Broken or lost teeth is the most common type of dental trauma (HealthHub, 2018). Dental crowns can serve as a solution to such incidents, as they can support broken or chipped teeth.
In addition, a dental tooth crown can also salvage a severely discoloured tooth, or can be added to dental bridges to support multiple teeth.
Dental crowns can be made of several different types of materials, including metal, ceramic, and the latest available option, zirconia crowns. There are pros and cons to each type of dental crown, so it is important to know each type well before deciding which to use.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Obviously, dental crowns can help to restore or improve the appearance of your teeth, should they be damaged or lost. Damaged teeth can result in chewing impediments, preventing you from enjoying your food. Some dental tooth crowns are tooth-coloured so that they can go unnoticeable, and ensure that any aesthetic problems you may have with your teeth are solved.
For teeth that have undergone significant decay such that even dental filling cannot save the teeth, dental crowns can easily be used to support those teeth instead. Moreover, dental crowns can be fairly strong and resistant, lasting up to an average of 15 years if well taken care of.
Types of Dental Tooth Crowns ( Metal, Ceramic, and Zirconia Crowns )
Metal (Gold) crowns :
Gold crowns are typically used for their strength and ability to endure large forces. This is especially important for molars as large amounts of force is often exerted on them during mealtimes and when we eat hard foods.
Gold tooth crowns can also last for very long. However, some may be concerned that the gold colour is very noticeable and does not blend well with the rest of your teeth.
Ceramic dental crowns are off-white in colour and thus can give restored teeth a natural look. The material is also less toxic as compared to metal, so they are less likely to trigger allergic reactions such as swelling.
On the other hand, porcelain crowns are also pricier to make than gold crowns.
Zirconia crowns :
Zirconia is a newer material that only recently was introduced into the dental crown industry. They are a combination of strong metal and natural-looking porcelain.
Zirconia crowns are stronger than their ceramic counterparts, and hence are less likely to chip from wear-and-tear. Furthermore, they are easier and faster to make, and are biocompatible (don’t cause allergic reactions) unlike gold tooth crowns. However, the hardness of a zirconia crown may result in the wearing down of surrounding teeth.
Installing Dental Crowns in Singapore
On average, one dental crown unit costs about S$105 to S$1284 in public institutes in Singapore (MOH, 2019). At private dental clinics, they cost anywhere from S$400 to S$2500 (Kang, 2020).
Whether it’s an unfortunate sports injury or just a simple clumsy slip and fall, a chipped or lost tooth can happen to almost anybody. It is important to seek dental assistance immediately to restore your tooth or teeth as soon as possible, so as to avoid unnecessary further damage or injury. Please read this articles about fillings, inlays and onlays here.
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