What is a crown?
A crown is a cap covering a tooth, mimicking the exact anatomy of a regular tooth. A tooth is prepared,
i.e., reduced in size to make. At the same time, space for a cap-like thing to be placed on it. This crown
fabricated in dental labs with the highest precision is meant to match precisely with your natural tooth. It
is fixed over the reduced tooth permanently. Crowns can be of various materials, but the primary function
is the protection of the tooth. Crowns can be of different types depending on the material like a metal
crown, Metal ceramic crown, Zirconia crowns, E-max crowns, Gold crowns, etc.
Why do I need it?
A crown is needed for the protection of a damaged tooth. Crowns are most commonly given after a root
canal treatment, as your tooth tends to become brittle and prone to damage. Hence placing a crown over
a root canal-treated tooth helps protect it from further damage. Crowns help restore normal function by
restoring normal anatomy to chew with it just like you would with your natural tooth.
How long will it take?
The procedure for crowns typically takes place in two appointments. Your dentist prepares your tooth (by
reducing it in size) to receive the crown, takes the impression to be sent to the lab for crown fabrication.
This process may take from 30-45 minutes. Once the dental impression and models are sent to the dental
labs, your dentist may schedule your next appointment accordingly, depending on the time they take to
manufacture your customized crown to fit your teeth. In the second appointment, the final crown received
from the lab is cemented onto your tooth. There may be a gap of a week or more between the two visits.
With recent technological breakthroughs in dentistry and the introduction of CAD-CAM systems, many
dental clinics provide the advantage of delivering the final crown on the same day as it is fabricated in the
dental office instead of in labs.
How long to recover? When can I get back to work?
There is no recovery period as this procedure is non-invasive and painless. You will not feel like an artificial
tooth is in place, and the crown will feel completely natural. You can go to work immediately after without
What should the patient do before the treatment?
There are no pre-procedural instructions to be followed as such. You may try to avoid chewing on hard
food before your final crown is cemented.
What should the patient do after the treatment?
You may be advised to refrain from eating or drinking anything for an hour immediately after your crown
is cemented. This allows the cement to fix the crown, to set completely so that the crown cannot get
dislodged. But it is essential to keep your crowns clean just as your would your natural teeth. Proper
flossing is of paramount importance to keep your crowns clean and disease-free.
Who Am I?
Dr Hafsa Alidrissi is a dentist and a certified expert with oral health and digital dentistry in Dubai and can
advise you on best practices regarding looking after your mouth and teeth.
Please contact her now to book a consultation. Contact details can be found HERE.
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