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Natural dental crowns (Dental crown procedures) in Singapore
Your smile can be your crowning glory with the help of a dental crown. A crown is a restoration that completely covers or caps teeth, restoring them to their natural size, shape and colour. Completely natural-looking, crowns look almost like real teeth.
A crown can help to strengthen teeth that are weakened by, for example, large cavities and teeth that were treated with root canal treatment. They may also be used to cover teeth that are discoloured or badly shaped. As part of the treatment for replacing missing teeth, dental crowns can also be used to attach bridges and to cover dental implants (implant crown).
There are different types of dental crowns, including zirconium, porcelain, porcelain-fused to metal and gold alloys. Consult our dental specialists in Prosthodontics (cosmetic dentistry & missing teeth replacement) in Singapore to find out if a dental crown is a suitable treatment option for you.
What are crowns?
Crowns are restorations that completely cover or cap teeth.
The crown protects the tooth from further damage and can be made virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. It also restores your smile and makes chewing and articulating easier.
With a proper home care oral regime and regular professional maintenance every 6 months, your crowned teeth can last for decades.
What is involved in a dental crown procedure?
Not only does cosmetic dentistry help you to regain your confidence by achieving your desired smile, some of them have restorative properties that will benefit your quality of life as well. Cosmetic benefits will follow the functional aspects naturally, and your beautiful teeth will reflect your inner well-being.
Our dental specialist/ dentist will find out the details of your medical and dental history, go through a consultation and examination and take a digital X-ray of your teeth to enable a thorough and detailed diagnosis. We will examine your teeth to determine if you also need to have root canal treatment on the tooth. Root canal treatment is usually recommended where there is extensive decay or risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp. Although the two are often prescribed together, root canal treatment may not always be necessary.
A crown may require a foundation build up called a core. Thereafter, approximately 1mm of weakened tooth structure will be removed to make space for the crown. An impression of the tooth will then be made and is sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown may be made until the definitive crown is ready. This is usually made of resin and is not meant to last more than one month.
This process can be completed in one visit.
Once the crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and try in the definitive crown. Any adjustments (if necessary) will be made to ensure a good fit and colour. The crown will be cemented into place.
This process can be completed in one visit and you will be able to resume normal daily activities within an hour after you leave the clinic.
Crowned teeth are no stronger or weaker than your own natural teeth. With a proper home care oral regime and regular professional maintenance every 6 months, crowned teeth will last for decades.
Research has shown that the success rate for crowns is about 85% to 90% over ten years. This means that out of 100 crowns done, about 10 to 15 of them need to be repaired or done again within this time.
Dental crown fees in Singapore
Wondering if Medisave can be used for this procedure?
Medisave does not apply to dental crowns treatment.
|Consultation & Examination||$80 – 200|
|Crowns||$2,500 to 3,000 per tooth|
*All fees are subject to prevailing Singapore Goods and Services Tax.
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
The information provided above is of a general nature only as you would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option for you. It may be possible to have a reduction in the fee if multiple teeth are involved..
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns in Singapore
How should I care for my temporary dental bridge/crown?
Temporary teeth, whether they are dental bridges or crowns are not meant to be permanent. They also serve as a blueprint for the development of the final teeth, allowing adjustments to be made until the shape is correct. Here are several precautions to take note when you have temporary teeth:
- Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, toffee, etc.), which could dislodge the bridges.
- Minimise the use of the side of your mouth with the temporary teeth. Try to chew more on the other side of your mouth.
- Avoid chewing hard foods (such as nuts, raw vegetables, apples, etc.), which could dislodge and/or break the temporary teeth.
How Much Is a Dental Crown in Singapore?
Fees for dental crown procedure in Singapore vary depending on the materials used and the dental specialist’s experience. At Specialist Dental Group, we charge patients from S$2,500 to S$3,000 per tooth. However, there might be a reduction in the fee if there are multiple teeth that require restoration during the procedure.
Can Medisave be used for dental crowning in Singapore?
Dental crowning in Singapore is considered a cosmetic and non-surgical procedure, and is therefore not covered by Medisave.
If you are wondering if dental crowning procedures done in Singapore can be covered with insurance, that will depend on the nature of your policy. For most insurance companies in Singapore (e.g. AIA, Great Eastern, Prudential), dental crowning falls under the general exclusion clause. Therefore you are recommended to contact your insurer to find out if the treatment can be covered under your policy.
Is it painful to have a dental crown put on your tooth?
The tooth is numbed with local anaesthetic, and you will not feel any pain during the dental crown procedure. You may feel some pressure as the dental specialist works on your tooth, but most people find the experience relatively painless. After the dental crown is in place, you may have some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for a few days, but this will go away. If you do experience any pain, please contact your dental specialist.
How strong are dental crowns on front teeth?
The strength of a dental crown depends on several factors, including the type of material used to make the crown, the quality of the dental workmanship, and how well you take care of your teeth. With good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dental specialist for check-ups and cleanings, your dental crowns should last for many years
How long does it take for a dental crown to be made?
A dental crown procedure in Singapore usually takes two appointments. At the first appointment, the dental specialist will take an impression of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. They will also remove any decay and shape your tooth so that the crown will fit properly.
At the second appointment, the dental specialist will put the temporary crown in place and remove any excess gum tissue around your tooth. They will then clean and polish your tooth, as well as check to make sure the temporary crown is fitting well. Once everything looks good, they will cement the permanent crown in place. Make an appointment with us today to get started.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
There are several types of dental crowns, including porcelain crowns, gold crowns and all-resin crowns. Contact Specialist Dental Group to find out which type of crown is the most suitable for you today.