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Dental Crowns

A dental crown or dental cap is a custom made restoration that covers a tooth with sustained significant loss of structure. They are analogical to being a thimble capped over your finger. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth to a certain shape and size. They provide strength and improves the appearance of the tooth. There are three basic types of materials for dental crowns:

  1. Full metal (Gold)
  2. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) 
  3. All ceramics or full porcelain 

Types of Dental Crowns Materials

Gold Crowns
Porcelain-Fused to Metal Alloy Crowns
All Ceramic Crowns

Gold, PFM vs All Ceramic Crowns

Gold dental crowns are the most durable and offer the most precise fit. Gold dental crowns does not chip. 

PFM crowns are conventional dental crowns that enables durability because there is an alloy sub-structure under its porcelain surface. These crowns are therefore able to withstand chewing and grinding forces. They are commonly used for posterior crown restorations where the biting load is the strongest. The percentage of gold used within the crown metal alloy can be specified. In general, the higher the percentage of gold alloy, the more adaptable and inert the crown. Higher gold content will however mean a higher cost for the PFM crown. 

All ceramic crowns and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) tooth crowns are tooth-colored and look just like your natural teeth. There are various all ceramics brands in Thailand offered at BIDC.

Full porcelain crowns are increasingly popular and the norm used today. Zirconia crowns now provides good strength and there are no metal components in them. This avoids the issues of black margin gum staining from PFM standard metal alloys as the metal oxidizes over time. All ceramic crowns are also not as costly as all gold crowns. The most commonly used ceramic crowns at BIDC is the zirconia system and 3M Lava crown that are preferred choices due to good strength and natural-look.

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Types of All Ceramic Crowns

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Zirconia Crowns

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Benefits of Tooth Crowns

  • Dental crowns protect severely damaged tooth or tooth weakened by decay, fracture, large fillings or root canal therapy from fracturing. Teeth with large fillings tend to “flex more” forcing the tooth apart possibly causing stress fractures.
  • It holds together cracked or weaken teeth and seals the tooth from decay.
  • Tooth crowns cover discolored and irregularities in teeth in improving cosmetic appearance.
  • Crowns preserve the natural function and position of the teeth.
  • It restores a tooth with large decay and cavities that tooth fillings is unable to support.
  • A dental bridge composes of teeth crowns that replaces missing gaps between existing anchor teeth.
  • Natural bite can be retained and maintained.
  • Teeth crowns act as a false teeth over dental implants.
  • Dental crowns re-builds worn-down and significantly damaged teeth thereby restores your smile.
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Why is BIDC at Top Cosmetic Dental Center for Crowns

BIDC team of prosthodontist and cosmetic dentists has been treating patients on aesthetic and restorative crowns over the past decade winning numerous awards on providing celebrity smiles in cosmetic dentistry. 

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  1. Our cosmetic dentist team composes of dental specialists in prosthodontics, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. This means after being qualified as a general dentist, your specialists undergoes additional years of training and certification in their specific area of restoring teeth and prosthetics.
  2. Many of our cosmetic dental specialists are American board certified. They have not just completed their specialization certificate overseas in the USA but have also done the residency exams in obtain the same dental license where they are also able to practice in USA.
  3. BIDC selects our cosmetic dentists not just for the qualifications but they are well-experienced. This ensures that you smile makeover or cosmetic treatment have a proper, successful and satisfactory treatment outcome. Many of our dentists have corrected outcomes of other dentists.
  4. Our team composes of international speakers and professors that lecturers on the field of prosthodontics or aesethic dentistry.
  5. Cosmetic dentistry requires a mix between technical knowledge and artistic talent. Thailand dentists are known for their highly skilled artistry that is seen and applied within our smile makeover cases. 
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  1. BIDC is one of the few dental center in Thailand with an on-site dental laboratory within its dental complex
  2. It is the first fully digitalized dental lab in the country able to customized zirconia ceramics from start to end. Using intra-oral scanners, CAD/CAM computer milling machines, your dental veneers, crowns, bridges and prosthetics over implant is made precise to fit just for you on computer.
  3. Your cosmetic dentist can only get as good with their highly skilled lab technician that plays a major part on the final outcome of your teethworks. With an on-site dental lab, you are able to have immediate chairshade shade selection done and adjustments in tooth color shades or shape.
  4. We cater to a large number of international patients that require quick treatment timings and getting it your aesthetic dental works right the first time.
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  1. Many of our cosmetic dental specialists are international speakers and lecturers in cosmetic dentistry. They therefore keep abreast with the latest technique and train other dentists on new aesthetic dentistry developments in Thailand.
  2. At BIDC, your cosmetic dentist also has access to the latest digital dentistry technologies available globally. Our dental group has a subsidary section that brings dental equipments into Thailand. Therefore, dentists has been the first in the field of cosmetic dentistry to utilize the most recent state-of-the-art innovations. 
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  2. We have a professional and well experienced team of customer care and dentist team to service you
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  1. First in Thailand to attain Joint Commission International (JCI)
  2. First in Thailand to receive  prestigious quality awards for providing oustanding dental services with customer focus, branding and quality
  3. Dental center with most number of recognition by the Royal Thailand government, private organization, magazines and patients referrals
  4. Thailand's pioneering dental center for dental tourism to provide international patient services at international standards
  5. Follows strict sterilization, infection prevention and contro, quality based management to set benchmark for other dental clinics within the dental sector in Thailand
  6. Part of Thailand's largest and most established trusted network dental group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand that keeps transparent treatments fees and audited reports
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Procedure for Dental Crowns Treatment

  1. First evaluation and tooth crowns preparation
    • Your aesthetic does an asessment and confirm your crowns treatment plan
    • To reduce sensitivity, local anesthesia is first adminstered at the region for crown tooth preparation
    • The natural tooth is reshaped to receive the new dental crown
    • Records are taken and approved with the patient to determine the color, bite, length and shape of the crown
    • An impressionis taken for a replica model of the teeth
    • This model is sent to a lab where the individual personal crown is fabricated
    • A temporary crown is placed on whilst the permanent crown is made
  2. Fitting of crowns on delivery
    • The temporary tooth crown is removed
    • The permanent crown is fitted and cemented into place on the teeth
    • A quality assurance check is done for any re-adjustments or re-works of the dental crowns
  3. Care of crowns
    • Brush and floss the tooth crowns as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist

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Tooth Crown Preparation

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Fitting of Tooth Crown

Step 3

Care of Tooth Crown

Recovery Expectations

Both the preparation and placement of the temporary bridge as well as the bonding of the permanent bridge may cause some minor tenderness in the area. Some individuals may experience sensitivity in teeth. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks.

Postcare Instructions for Dental Crowns

  1. Avoid chewing on or eating hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented
  2. To help with discomfort or swelling rinse your mouth 3xd with warm salt water. (1tsp. of salt in 8oz of water)
  3. Keep crown area clean to maintain tissue compatibility (the contour of the prosthesis must allow the surrounding tissue to conform to a natural, healthy position)
  4. Some sensitivity in teeth may be experienced by certain patients. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks. If teeth are sensitive
    • Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
    • Pain medication be taken as directed as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history
    • Use flouride rinse and toothpaste for sensivity teeth
    • Clean teeth properly

Care for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns require the same regular and consistent home and professional dental care, as your natural teeth to prevent decay at the tooth-dental crown junction. To provide optimum longevity for your restorations, please follow the home care tips below:

  1. Brush after eating and before bedtime around the crown with a soft toothbrush, especially where the crown meets the gum line. At the gum line harmful bacteria can be harbored to cause decay and gum disease.
  2. Floss at least once to twice a day. Use the proxy brush or floss threader to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. Buildup of food debris and plaque on your teeth and gums can become infected.
  3. Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
  4. Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this area
  5. See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Dental Crowns

What problems could develop with a dental crown?
  1. Discomfort or sensitivity. Your newly crowned tooth may be sensitive immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear off. This may be so for PFM standard crowns. If the tooth that has been crowned still has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend that you brush your teeth with toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
  2. Chipped crown. Crowns made of porcelain can sometimes chip. If the chip is small, a composite resin can be used to repair the chip with the crown remaining in your mouth. If the chipping is extensive, the porcelain crown may need to be replaced.
  3. Loose crown. Sometimes the cement washes out from under the crown. Not only does this allow the dental crown to become loose, it allows bacteria to leak in and cause decay to the tooth that remains. If your crown feels loose, contact our office or email us as soon as you can.
  4. Crown can fall off. If this happens, contact our office or email us immediately. Our dentists and staff can then give you specific instructions on how to care for your tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. Your dentist may be able to re-cement your crown in place; if not, a new crown may be required.
  5. Allergic reaction. Because the metals used to make tooth crowns are usually a mixture of metals, an allergic reaction to the metals or porcelain used in crowns can occur, but this is extremely rare. Please do kindly inform our staff on any allgeric reactions you may have before any medical or dental treatment.
How long do dental crowns last?

The life span of a tooth crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. Habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging puts on greater wear and tear to the crown. On average in general, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years.

How are crowns made? Do you do one-day crowns or Cerec crowns?

Your dentist starts with impression-taking of your teeth. The impression taken is sent to the dental lab technician that pours die into the impression to make a mold of the teeth. The technician cuts the mold and scans it into a computer with CAD software to design the crown. Thereafter, you crown is milled. After completion, dental technicians normally add color to the dental crown. The crowns are sintered, or baked a very high heat to harden it. Once sintering is done, the crown is textured, smoothed, and glazed. It is then delivered to your dentist for fitting.

BIDC bangkok dental center uses an industrial high-heat sintering machine. This allows for high crown strength. This means that your crowns will need time to be baked and cooled down for at least 24 hours. One day crowns such as cerec uses smaller heat units whereby your teethworks are done almost entirely by the machine. You may be able to get hold of your ceramic crown faster and it is good for general functional use, but its quality properties of strengh and color shades, in the opinion of some of our cosmetic dentists has not reached the standard superior quality expected. We thus do not currently use cerec crowns at this point.

The process for making all ceramic crowns is far less complicated than the process for metal crowns whereby there are additional steps in making the metal base substructure of your crown.

Does a crowned tooth require any special care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day-especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.

How much do crowns cost?

The cost of crowns at our dental clinic varies depending the type of crown material selected. For porcelain-fused-to-metal alloy (PFM) crowns, the higher the percentage of precious metal alloy (gold) in the dental crowns, they more costly they tend to be.

For all ceramic crowns, this depends on the brand or type of ceramic you have chosen. Not all ceramics are the same and they do have varying strength and aesthetics, just like metals.

Below are the general price of crowns in order of low to high costs :

  1. Composite crowns : normally used as temporaries made from composite resin 
  2. PFM standard alloy crowns : does not contain gold alloys. It has a metal structure with porcelain covered over the dental cap
  3. All ceramic crowns : does not contain metals. Zirconia crowns are stronger than normal porcelain crowns and may costs more
  4. PFM high-precious crowns : contains percentage of gold alloys in metal structure with porcelain covering over the tooth crown

In Thailand, the price of crowns at BIDC bangkok dental clinics for composites ranges from 6,000 – 18,000 baht (estimated USD$190 – 565). Porcelain-fused to metal crowns or PFM crowns fees is between 9,000 – 25,000 baht (estimated USD$3,000 – 780). All ceramic crowns fees ranges around 18,000 – 20,000 baht (estimated USD$565 – 625).

Conclusion – Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps encasing a tooth in order to strengthen or protect the tooth. Crowns are commonly done after root canal treatments, used in smile makeovers to restore worn down or severely chipped teeth or as false teeth in dental bridges and over dental implants.

Dental crowns may be made from gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal-alloy (PFM) or all ceramics. Ceramic crowns are increasingly the normal and default material due to its high strength, good aesthetics and does not contain metal components. There are many brands of ceramic veneers on the market. This include IPS Empress, Amanngirrbach Zirconia, 3M Lava, Cercon and Procera. At BIDC dental clinics, prosthodontists who are specialists on crowns restoration commonly use zirconia ceramics.

As a top restorative dental clinic, BIDC has treated many full mouth rehabilitation cases in re-building the bite function and look of worn down teeth. Digital dentistry technologies and Digital Smile Design (DSD) is offered to provide safer and faster treatments. Our on-site digital lab speeds up your ceramic crowns delivery and provides good aesthetic results. View our patient video testimonials and BIDC photo gallery.

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