Dental crowns offer both an increased cosmetic appeal and functionality to damaged teeth. Essentially, they are carefully crafted pieces which are attached to a tooth which has lost much of its body. The crown offers a way to have a replacement tooth by giving the tooth its full body. Crowns can be fabricated from many different types of material. At Family Dental Care, we prefer the use of porcelain crowns.
Why Choose Porcelain Crowns?
Other materials used in crowns can metals such as gold. For those who prefer not to have such a striking feature in their mouth, porcelain is then the preferred crown material. Porcelain crowns give the most natural finish to a tooth, with the aim being that other people aren’t able to see that you have a crown. Porcelain can be made to match the exact colour of a person’s tooth to complement uniformity or a brighter colour if crowns are going to be placed throughout the mouth. Porcelain is also a natural material which means that the bio-compatibility between them and the soft tissue in the mouth is extremely good.
The Price of Porcelain Crowns in South Africa
The price of porcelain crowns in South Africa is relatively affordable, especially when compared to the rest of the world. We have Family Dental Care branches located in KZN and the Western Cape. Our dentists have been highly trained in the art of placing porcelain crowns. Crowns will last a lifetime with proper care, so you do want to engage with an experienced and professional dental team to ensure the best outcome. Porcelain crowns in South Africa are considered a cosmetic dental treatment and therefore won’t be covered by medical aid. The cost is out of pocket, so this must be considered when deciding how many crowns you would like to get. Getting them fitted on time though, before the tooth is lost completely, will save you from having to endure having dental implants which will cost you far more.BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
What Would Porcelain Crowns Fix?
Porcelain crowns can address a range of dental challenges.
- Long term damage from improper dental habits causes decay. The only way to stop decay from spreading further into the tooth would be to remove it. Usually this is covered with a dental filling, however if too much of the tooth is removed then this is not an option as there will not be enough of support for the filling. This is when a dental crown comes into play.
- Porcelain crowns are an option even if you just want to improve the appearance of your dentition. The crown can be made to improve the shape, size and colour of the tooth providing a straighter and more defined look. Getting porcelain crowns in this instance is best carried out through the one day option, which we discuss in the next paragraph.
- Crowns provide the finishing touch when an implant has been secured into the jaw. It will take several months for the implant to become a firm structure in the jaw before the crown can be attached.
- Crowns are used as the connecting device for a bridge. A dental bridge takes the place of a tooth that has fallen out. If patients do not opt for implants, then a dental bridge is the next option. It is basically a full crown placed in the gap, held in place by the adjoining dental crowns.
- Crowns protect a tooth that has a crack. In the instance of a crack, it is imperative to get to the dentist as soon as possible. This is because when a crack is above the gum line, it can be saved. If it deepens below this point, then the tooth will have to be removed. A crown will offer a form of protection for a cracked tooth. With our one day porcelain crowns, you have a quick solution to this problem.
One Day Porcelain Crowns
We offer same day or one day porcelain crowns, so whether you are here on holiday or a local in need of a crown in an emergency, we have got you sorted. One day crowns can be made to fix any of the problems outlined above, in only a single session, using the CEREC system to design and manufacture them. One day crowns can be an instant and permanent fix to problematic teeth, with the best part being virtually no down time. A mild numbing sedative may be used to first remove any traces of decay. The dental session starts with a 3D imaging of your teeth. This will then be used by the dentist to design a custom crown to fit over the tooth. The crown will be made within minutes and together with a curing light, will be bonded onto the receiving tooth. It’s as simple as that for brand new porcelain crowns in South Africa.
It is vital that any porcelain crowns are taken care of with proper home care along with regular dentist visits. Since porcelain is not prone to plaque and decay, post-treatment dental hygiene and upkeep is not difficult or costly. Porcelain crowns keep their initial colour, making it unnecessary to go through teeth whitening/bleaching every so often