Dental Crowns At Sea Smile Dental Clinic Phuket.

  • The first and only JCI-Accredited Dental Clinic in Phuket, Thailand

Dental Crowns

As we age, many of us find ourselves with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel are all things that can lead to large scale defects in a tooth's surface. A dental crown is needed when a tooth is badly broken down - either a cusp has broken off, or there are large old fillings or a large portion of decay. A filling is used to fill a small portion of the tooth - a crown when the tooth has extensive damage. There are basically two types of crowns, those all porcelain/ceramic (metal free) crowns and porcelain fused to metal crowns.

Types of Dental Crowns

1. Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Dental Crown

A porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown is a hybrid between an all-metal crown and an all-porcelain crown. When being manufactured, our dental technician will make a shell of metal (substructure) that is custom-fitted for your affected tooth. A layer of porcelain is then fused over this metal, giving the crown a white and tooth-like appearance. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have the advantages of having a nearly natural appearance from the porcelain, and the strength and stability provided by the underlying metal. They are stronger than all-porcelain crowns but are more prone to fracture compared to an all-metal crown.

2. All Porcelain (Metal-Free) Dental Crown

An all-porcelain dental crown can make your new tooth both strong and beautiful. This tissue-friendly crown recreates the strength and natural beauty of your tooth. Due to the strength in the modified core material, all-porcelain crowns are suitable for prosthetic reconstructions anywhere in the mouth. In addition, more and more patients are asking for reconstructions made of materials not containing metal or other alloys. All-porcelain crowns are made of a biocompatible material which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions. The new bonding technology involved provides an exceptional bond to your tooth. It is metal-free, and thus satisfies the needs of patients with metal sensitivities.

Treatment Procedures for Dental Crowns

Before a dental crown can be placed over your affected tooth, our dentist will need to file this tooth down to prepare and make room for the crown. After which, an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth will be made. While the dental crown is being fabricated, a temporary acrylic crown will be placed over the tooth for protection. When the permanent dental crown is ready, the temporary crown is replaced during a separate appointment. A dental crown typically lasts at an average of 10 years or more, depending on your care.

Post-Operative Care Instructions

  • You may find some sensitivity in the next few days but it shouldn’t be too painful. It is possible that the tooth might be sensitive to hot or cold, so try to avoid any extreme temperature changes.
  • You will also notice that we have placed a temporary crown on the tooth. This is done to protect what is underneath and it is only on with a temporary cement so it could come off although it isn’t likely if you are careful. If it does happen to come off, please call the clinic and we will put it back on for you. This will only take a few minutes so it won’t take up too much of your time.
  • In the meantime, stay away from anything sticky such as gum etc. You shouldn’t experience any problems and after your next appointment your mouth will be able to function normally.
At Sea Smile Dental Clinic, we are a proud provider of the latest and most sophisticated dental restorations in the world — particularly on dental crowns:

1. IPS Empress® System

The IPS Empress pressed ceramic system, which has been clinically proven for more than 15 years satisfies discerning users and patients all over the world. Twenty-five million placed restorations are testimony to the long-standing success of IPS Empress. IPS Empress all-ceramics provide impressive aesthetic results because the materials look so natural. They are a biocompatible alternative for people suffering from allergies.

The Original System is continuously being developed, setting trends in the market with regard to aesthetics and function. The most recent innovation from the field of all-ceramics is called IPS Empress Esthetic. The material opens up a host of unexpected possibilities, particularly for veneers.

2. Cercon® System (Zirconia)

The new "all-ceramic" material that imparts exceptional strength, beauty and biocompatibility.

  • 50% stronger than traditional all-ceramic materials
  • Also ideal for posterior bridge
  • No dark metal margin
  • Biocompatible –long history application in human artificial joints
  • Clinically-tested & satisfaction-guaranteed by patients

First impression often determine what other people think of us. A beautiful smile can make all the difference. Understandably enough, many people harbour a desire for new teeth with a natural appeal. And with Cercon, our new high-tech all-ceramic material, this wish can now become reality. Cercon offers highly natural aesthetics paired with excellent compatibility. Thanks to the extreme strength of its basic material, Zirconia, it is now possible to create highly durable all-ceramic dental crowns and bridges.

3. NobelProcera® All-Ceramic (Nobel Biocare)

"THE ULTIMATE INDICATION-BASED BEAUTY"

NobelProcera All-Ceramic system is the foundation cap that supports your final dental crown. The fit is important and optimized using modern technology. The material, densely sintered ceramic, makes your new tooth both strong and beautiful, giving you a natural shine between your crown and gum.


The secret behind NobelProcera® All-Ceramic is its unique combination of strength and beauty. Over the last few years, new technology has given dental porcelain better properties. Until now, however, porcelain-coated ceramic copings have been neither strong nor durable enough for widespread use.

NobelProcera® All-Ceramic is a coping made from extremely densely-sintered aluminum oxide. The coping is produced in an industrial process known as the Procera-method, which ensures optimal fit, great strength, non-porosity, and the ability to transmit light without being transparent. Due to the strength in the core material, NobelProcera® All-Ceramic can be recommended for prosthetic reconstructions anywhere in your mouth. More and more patients are asking for constructions made of materials that contains no metal or other alloys. NobelProcera® All-Ceramic is made of a bio-compatible material (comparable to Titanium) which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions.

The translucent coping offers remarkable esthetic characteristics. When combined with NobelProcera® All-Ceramic Porcelain, these characteristics are put to their very best advantage. In order to recreate the beauty of natural teeth, the porcelain has been formulated to make the most of the coping's inherent potential. Because the porcelain is specially adapted to the coping's translucence and fluorescence, NobelProcera® All-Ceramic Porcelain opens an entirely new era in the history of using porcelain in dentistry.


Clinical Case Example

As seen in the photo below, the patient has very poor teeth. He was very unhappy with his appearance. Even his wife comments negatively every time he smiles.

We then performed a thorough examination and was able to determine that newer and more advanced porcelain crowns (solid porcelain) can help eliminate this problem. The dental crowns can recreate the strength and natural beauty of his teeth. The latest dental crown technology also offers more "translucency qualities" which makes the tooth appear to be "real." His whole teeth appeared perfectly strong, with the most natural color that projects a dazzling great smile.

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