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Dental Crowns: Types, Procedure, Benefits & Cost

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What Are Dental Crowns?

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Dental crowns are a type of restoration used to cover and strengthen a tooth that has been damaged or weakened. The crown is cemented over the entire visible portion of the tooth, including the biting surface.

Dental crowns are made to match your natural teeth in size, shape, color and feel. They can be made from porcelain, metal alloys or a combination of both to achieve the most natural look possible.

The procedure for fitting a dental crown usually takes two visits to the dentist. 

In the first visit, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and send it to our laboratory where a custom-made temporary crown will be made for you to wear until your permanent crown is ready. 

On your second visit, we’ll remove the temporary crown and bond it permanently in place with dental cement so that your new smile looks natural and feels natural too!

When selecting a crown, it’s crucial to take into account a number of criteria, such as:

  1. cost \strength \durability
  2. You could also place importance on having a natural appearance that doesn’t take away from your grin. A dentist can explain the numerous choices and assist you in determining which one best suits your needs.

A crown may be needed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • It protects weak teeth (which may have caries) from breaking, or holds weak teeth together when part of it breaks.
  • Restoration of broken or badly worn teeth.
  • Covers and supports teeth with heavy fillings and few remaining teeth.
  • Holds the dental bridge in place.
  • Cover deformed or severely discoloured teeth. cover dental implants
  • It is placed over a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment.

Different Types Of Dental Crowns

different types of crowns concept

Dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic and porcelain, or a combination of all three. The metal can be gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or alloys of alloys. 

The porcelain is generally feldspathic porcelains, though it can be other materials such as quartz and glass.

Metal Crowns

The metal material used in dental crowns is very strong and can withstand the forces that come with chewing and grinding. 

The tooth to be covered by the crown will be ground down to make room for the crown to fit over it, but this doesn’t weaken it too much.

Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic dental crowns are also powerful, but require less grinding than metal dental crowns because they are lighter. 

Glass and quartz are even more delicate than ceramic, so they require less grinding than ceramics do and are often used in front teeth where there isn’t much room for error because of their location on your face and jawline.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are made with a porcelain layer fused to a metal base. 

The porcelain layer provides colour and shape, while the metal provides strength and durability. 

These are popular because they are strong enough to withstand chewing forces, but they also look natural because they match your natural teeth in color, shape, and size.

 Your dentist will take the following into account when choosing the material for your crown:

    1. where your tooth is
    2. if you grin, how much of the tooth will be visible
    3. location of your gums, the tooth that needs a crown, and its function
    4. how much natural tooth is still present, and what the adjacent teeth are like

Dental Crown Procedure

tooth filing for crown installation

The process lasts several days with for temporary crown:

Two trips to the dentist are necessary for a conventional crown.

  • The tooth that requires a crown is examined and prepared by the dentist. X-rays of the tooth may be necessary in this situation. Additionally, they could make a mould of your mouth or teeth first.
  • Your dentist will file down and scrape away a portion of the tooth’s enamel.
  • Your trimmed tooth and the teeth on each side of it will both be captured in an imprint.
  • The dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth to safeguard it.
  • They deliver the imprint to a laboratory where the crown is made. This process might take a few weeks.

You’ll have a second appointment after the crown is placed so your dentist can seal it.

The same-day process:

You can omit the temporary crown stage if you have a same-day operation.

  • Your mouth is captured digitally by the dentist.
  • The dentist makes the crown right there in the clinic using the digital scan from the pictures. The crown may not be ready for approximately an hour or two.
  • Your dentist places the crown in place after it is complete. The entire operation lasts between two and four hours.

Depending on your position, you might even be able to return to work while you’re waiting.

Not all dentists have the equipment necessary to create crowns in one day. 

Whether you don’t have dental insurance, in particular, ask your dentist if this option is accessible and what the expected cost is.

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Dental Crown before and after

Problems That Can Occur As A Result Of Dental Crowns

There are several side effects that may arise from the use of dental crowns. These include:

  1. Tooth sensitivity: The root structure of your tooth is left exposed after the crown is placed, which can cause you to experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and drinks. This pain can be treated through the use of sedatives, but this may not work for everyone.
  2. Headache: Your bite will change as a result of having dental crowns installed, which may cause you to experience headaches after eating certain foods or drinking certain liquids (especially carbonated beverages). These headaches will pass once your bite adjusts itself to accommodate your new teeth.
  3. Jaw pain: As with any other surgical procedure, there is always a risk of infection following the installation process for dental crowns. If an infection occurs in this area, it could result in jaw pain or swelling that lasts longer than normal when eating.

How To Take Care Of Your Dental Crowns

black woman brushing her teeth

Here are a few useful pointers:

  1. Brush carefully by practising. It’s time to start cleaning your teeth twice a day if you aren’t already. If your crown or the teeth surrounding it are sensitive to heat or cold, think about using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
  2. Daily flossing helps maintain all of your teeth in excellent condition.
  3. Skip the hard foods. If you have a porcelain crown, chewing ice or other hard foods may cause it to crack.

Your dentist could suggest a night guard if you grind or clench your teeth at night to protect your crown and neighboring teeth.

How much do crowns cost South Africa?

Fake teeth concept

Depending on the material used for the crown and the size of the tooth, crowns can cost anywhere from R3,500 and R4,000, or possibly more. 

A gold crown might cost you significantly more. Sometimes, all-metal crowns, which are composed of a metal alloy, are less expensive than crowns made of gold or porcelain.

Costs could also increase if the dentist needs to prepare the tooth more thoroughly before placing the crown. 

For instance, you could require a dental implant or a root canal, both of which might increase the cost.

Your crown’s price may be fully or partially covered by dental insurance. 

However, only specific crown types could be covered by your plan. To learn more about your insurance coverage, contact your provider.

To assist evaluate your dental expenditures, discuss with your dentist the many crown kinds that are available and suitable for your dental requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

Dental crowns are a type of restoration that is placed over the tooth to restore its original shape, size, and appearance. They can be used to restore a single damaged tooth or multiple teeth at once. 

The procedure to place a dental crown involves removing decay from your tooth, shaping the tooth to fit into the crown, and then placing the crown over your tooth.

The benefits of dental crowns include:

  • Improved aesthetics: A dental crown can cover up a discoloured or chipped tooth, making it look healthy and normal again.
  • Improved function: Crowns can help keep your natural teeth from shifting out of place by providing support for them when they’re in need of extra strength.
  • Longer lasting than other types of restorations: Dental crowns are made out of durable materials like porcelain or metal alloys that last longer than other types of restorations like fillings or veneers.

Dental crowns typically last five to fifteen years. The amount of “wear and tear” crown experiences, how well you practice good oral hygiene, and your own mouth-related behaviours can all affect how long a crown will last. These oral habits may include the following:

  • Your teeth are being ground or clenched.
  • ice chewing.
  • gnawing on one’s fingernails
  • Make use of your teeth to open containers

No. We shall numb your mouth prior to placing your crown so that you won’t experience any pain as your tooth is prepared for the crown. For your full safety and comfort during your appointment at Shine Dental, we also provide sedation dentistry.


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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
hildah nhlekohildah nhleko
09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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