What is a dental crown?

Ceramic dental crowns are a fully functional and aesthetic replacement of damaged teeth. It is one of the most used prosthetic products. At Schill Dental Clinic, it is a common practice to make crowns while you wait. We use CEREC® technology to make a crown during one dental visit. In Slovakia, we were the first to start using this system. In the 15 years we have produced approximately 50,000 ceramic replacements. Each one was tailor-made depending on the tooth requirements. Today we have enough CEREC® devices in our Clinic to treat all of our clients without any interruption.

When is the time for a ceramic replacement?

If the tooth cannot be repaired just by a regular filling, the solution is a ceramic filling. Or when your tooth got broken - even the front, just using CEREC® technology, we know how to return the tooth to its shape, original form, functionality and sufficient stability.

Depending on the size, there are 3 types of ceramic fillings available.

  • Inlays are used when replacing a small part of the tooth
  • Onlays are used to replace most of the tooth
  • Overlays are used to solve a condition where only the chewing area is replaced, so it is used for the back teeth

Crowns are also used if one or more teeth are missing. Whether making a bridge or after implantation. The implant is an alternative helping to save surrounding healthy teeth from reshaping and resizing. The surgeon implants a titanium screw in place of the missing tooth. The screw will heal together with the bone thus creating the root that is missing. Then the surgeon will prepare a tailor-made ceramic crown. It is then screwed onto the implant to create the entire tooth functioning just like your own.

The crown is also suitable for an endodontically treated tooth, so-called "dead tooth"; its root canals have been filled permanently and it is no longer as flexible as your tooth. The crown is also a great solution in the case of a removable denture, when it is necessary to attach it to the remaining teeth or crowns to keep the replacement in the mouth reliably.

The crowns are also a solution for congenital or acquired enamel surface errors of such extent that they cannot be corrected by fillings and so-called dental facet/veneer is needed.

How is the crown made in a modern surgery?

First, the doctor prepares the tooth, removes the old filling, reshapes the edges if necessary, and cleans the area. Then photos of the necessary part of the denture is taken by a mini-camera transferring the information to the computer. A digital 3D design of tooth modification is prepared, which is then shaped from a special ceramic pad with a computer-controlled milling cutter. The colour of the ceramic pad will be selected from a wide range of colours so that the colour of the crown is exactly the same as your tooth. After this, the crown is also adjusted with the glaze and it is put in the prepared spot in your mouth. The use of this technique completely avoids an unpleasant experience with tooth imprints, their inadequate reshaping and resizing and several weeks of waiting for your final replacements. Patients leave with a permanent, non-provisional solution after just one dental visit. It is therefore a very fast solution, yet of a very high quality.

How hard is the ceramic material?

With CEREC®, our doctors use a strong, solid ceramic material with the same shade and similar structure as your own teeth. That's why, after preparing the crown, it is just like your own teeth.

There are also metal crowns available. To make them, an alloy of gold or other metals is needed. Their advantage is that golden crowns have the longest lifetime and are least prone to mechanical damage. The essential disadvantage is the aesthetic aspect, as it is not possible to adapt the colour of this type of crowns to the natural colour of your teeth. Therefore, they are used for the least visible parts of the teeth, but the trend is a ceramic reconstruction in the colour of your teeth.

Independent scientific studies have confirmed that CEREC® reconstructions "are comparable to gold in terms of their durability.

How long does it take to have a crown made?

From the moment the patient with a damaged tooth sits on the chair until leaving the surgery, it takes about an hour and a half. During this time, we examine the patient, make an X-ray image, prepare the tooth for the intervention, scan the denture, prepare the replacement, put it on and finally adjust it. We'll save you a couple of weeks of visiting a dentist who does not work with the CEREC® system.

How much does a crown cost?

The price for a new tooth is individual, depending on the damage to the tooth, the amount of work and the material required for the desired result. Each tooth is unique and the crown is always an original. Prior to your treatment, the doctor will explain the whole workflow and financial aspects so you know what to expect.

10 benefits of a dental crown for patients:

  1. One visit and you can leave with a tooth that is ready
  2. One injection and you´ll feel no pain
  3. One drill you do not even feel
  4. No imprints of your teeth
  5. No provisional solution
  6. It is just like your own teeth
  7. Material is solid, ceramic
  8. Type of material is suitable for everyone
  9. It is durable
  10. High aesthetic level