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Explore the World of Dental Crowns: A Comprehensive Guide to Materials, Procedures, and Aftercare

Why Dental Crowns?

Necessity and Alternatives:

Dental crowns are indispensable for restoring and protecting damaged teeth, providing comprehensive coverage that surpasses smaller restorations like fillings or dental bondings. When structural integrity is compromised, crowns become essential for the following reasons:

Structural Support: Crowns offer vital support, preventing fractures and ensuring long-term tooth durability.


Complete Coverage: Unlike smaller alternatives, crowns provide total coverage, reducing the risk of further damage and enhancing overall tooth strength.


Aesthetic Restoration: Crowns restore function and aesthetics, making them suitable for visible areas in the mouth.

Dental Crown Materials:

Types and Applications:

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns:

Composition: Metal substructure with an outer layer of porcelain.

Strength and Aesthetics: Durable and suitable for posterior teeth, maintaining a natural appearance.

Full Ceramic Crowns:

Composition: Entirely ceramic (zirconia or lithium disilicate).

Strength and Aesthetics: Exceptionally strong, suitable for front and back teeth, with aesthetics resembling natural teeth.

LAVA Crowns:

Composition: Zirconia-based full ceramic crowns.

Strength and Aesthetics: Known for strength and wear resistance, offering excellent aesthetics.

Dental Crown Procedure:

Preparation, Numbing, and Bite Adjustment:

Embark on a Seamless Dental Crown Procedure:

Numbing the Patient: Ensure a pain-free experience with local anesthesia administered by our skilled professionals.

Tooth Preparation: Meticulously remove damaged tooth structure, creating space for the crown while maintaining impeccable bite alignment.


Digital Scan with Intraoral Scanners: Utilize advanced technology with digital scans using intraoral scanners, ensuring precision without traditional impressions.

For more information, CLICK HERE to check out our articles about intraoral scanners.

Temporary Crown: Enjoy the convenience of a temporary crown while the permanent one is meticulously crafted.

Crown Placement: Witness the final step as the permanent crown is seamlessly bonded to the prepared tooth, ensuring optimal results.

Post-Procedural Considerations:

Discomfort and Longevity:

Post-Procedure Discomfort: Experience minimal discomfort or sensitivity after the crown procedure, typically subsiding within days.

Longevity: Ensure enduring results with proper care and oral hygiene, as our dental crowns are crafted to stand the test of time.

Root Canal and Crowns:

Explore the Synergy of Root Canal Treatment and Dental Crowns:

While root canal treatment may precede crown placement for severely damaged teeth, it is not always necessary after a crown procedure. However, crowns are frequently recommended post-root canal for posterior teeth to provide additional strength and protection.


Dental crowns stand as a pillar of modern restorative dentistry, offering a versatile range of materials and applications. Empower yourself with knowledge about the necessity of crowns, available materials, procedural steps, and post-procedural considerations. Simplify your journey to optimal oral health with dental crowns at Penn Pacific Dental Center, where our experts recommend the ideal solution for your smile, ensuring strength, beauty, and enduring results.

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About Authors


Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.


Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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