What is Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a type of restoration that caps or encircles the vital tooth that has been destroyed by large cavities, cracks, trauma or even from root canal treatment. Crowns will be advised by dentists when minimal good tooth structure is left and situations where conventional fillings cannot hold up very well. Crowns not only restore teeth back to functions, but they can also protect them from fracturing under loads.

How do Crowns Work?

When a tooth is cracked, severely decayed or otherwise damaged, the dentist may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns reinforce and protect the remaining tooth structure and can give you an aesthetic look. Crown is permanently cemented on the top of the tooth to become a part of it. Crowns are constructed of very resilient and durable materials and designed to endure the traumas of chewing effectively while keeping the tooth from breaking apart.

How do Bridges Work?

If you accidentally lose a tooth or some teeth, the dentist may recommend placing a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a structure including a ceramic tooth fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth that serve as anchors. These adjacent teeth are shaped to accommodate the crowns, and then a bridge is bonded securely over them.

Bridges are usually used in the circumstances that 

  • There’s no post to place the crown that replaces the missing tooth
  • Multiple missing teeth are recovered by implantation

Understanding materials of Crowns and Bridges:

Full-Metal Crowns:

This  type of material have been conventionally used for many decades. They are known for strength, good margin adaptation, conservative tooth preparation and excellent longevity. Nowadays full-metal crowns are restoration of choice for posterior teeth in high load ( but unaesthetic ) areas and short clinical crowns.


Porcelain-Fused-to-metal ( PFM ) crowns:

These crowns are more esthetic-pleasing compared with the first type due to proclaim veneering on top of metal substructure in order to mimic tooth color. This makes them equipped with wider indications. As a result, they are routinely placed in most cases as they combine good qualities of good functions and acceptable aesthetics. 

All-Ceramic Crowns:

All-ceramic crowns have been developed due to high esthetic demands in the past 30 years. High strength ceramics such as Lithium-disilicate,Alumina or Zirconia, are used as substructure instead of conventional metal alloys. Since the colors of the ceramic are more similar to tooth structure, not only the problem of dark metal showing from conventional porcelain-fused-to-metal prostheses can be minimized, but all-ceramic crowns can also mimic many characteristics of natural tooth structure.As a result all ceramic crowns and prostheses have become more and more popular these days. However with the nature of ceramic that can break under high loads, careful material selection, prosthetic design and case selection by experienced Dentist are keys to success in these cases. Additionally, thorough examination and details consideration are very crucial in order to achieve successful treatments.

4 Types of bridges:

  • Traditional dental bridges
  • Cantilever Bridges
  • Maryland bridges
  • Implant-supported bridge

When would I need a crown or bridge?

In which cases a crown is needed:

  • To stop a tooth from further cracking or fracturing
  • The surface of a tooth is damaged and cannot be recovered by filling or inlay/onlay
  • Protect a tooth from being weakened or cracked after root canal treatment
  • Cover discolored or worn teeth
  • To attach to a bridge replacing a missing tooth
  • Dental prosthesis on implant

How much are dental crown and bridge costs in Vietnam?

Restorative and Fixed Prosthodontic care
Treatment Unit(s) Cost
Crown reattachment Per unit                                      13
Metal cast dowel & core Per unit                                      22
Porcelain cast dowel & core Per unit                                    216
Luxatem provisional restoration Per unit                                      22
PFM restoration Per unit                                      65
Full metal crown (Chrome-Cobalt) Per unit                                      52
Porcelain fused Titanium crown Per unit                                    108
Venus full porcelain crown (Germany) Per unit                                    194
Rolan, Katana full porcelain crown (Japan) Per unit                                    216
Emax Zic full porcelain crown (Germany) Per unit                                    259
Cercon full porcelain crown (Germany) Per unit                                    259
Cercon HT – Emax Press full porcelain crown (Germany) Per unit                                    345
Emax, Cercon HT porcelain veneer type I Per unit                                    302
Emax, Cercon HT porcelain veneer type II Per unit                                    345
Lava Plus – 3M ESPE & EMAX full porcelain crown (USA) Per unit                                    259
Lava Esthetics full porcelain crown Per unit                                    302
Bio Lava full porcelain crown Per unit                                    345
Nacera full porcelain crown Per unit                                    388
Lisi Press porcelain crown/veneers Per unit                                    388
Bio Feldspathic porcelain crown/veneers Per unit                                    517
Gold tooth crown Per unit Based on gold price

Process of getting dental crown or bridge

  1. Shade selection
  2. Tooth preparation, impression and temporarization. The temporary crown is placed for 3-7 days during the laboratory fabrication.
  3. Crown delivery and cementation on the second visit.

Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

After getting a dental crown in Vietnam and coming back to your country, proper care should be specially applied if you want the dental crowns could last for a lifetime.

  • Brush your teeth regularly at least 2 times a day with a toothpaste containing Fluoride to keep your gums and teeth healthy
  • Floss at least once every day
  • Periodic dental checkup and cleaning (every 6 months)
  • Avoid using your teeth as tools
  • Stay away from hot food/beverages
  • Eat a diet higher in fruits, vegetables, and fiber than meat



What are the benefits of a dental crown?

In fact, a dental crown can improve the appearance of an unattractive tooth, prevent a weak tooth, fix a broken tooth and hide tooth imperfections, even making improvement your self-esteem.

What are porcelain dental crowns?

Dental crowns are used like a cap to strengthen or replace a natural tooth. Dental crown is custom fit to your smile and is permanently secured to your root canal or dental implant too.

What are the benefits of porcelain dental crowns?

Porcelain dental crowns are durable dental restoration product that offer aesthetic dental outcomes. Because dental crowns are custom fit and permanently secured, they allow patients to eat and speak normally with confidence.

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