Restore the form and function of a tooth, with a dental crown
There are a few reasons why a dental crown may be used, but most commonly they are used to protect what’s left of a severely damaged tooth.
Crowns are used when the tooth decay present is too bad for a simple filling or another treatment to repair. In these cases you will require a dental crown, or replacement.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are dental restorations which completely encase a damaged tooth, or dental implant. Crowns are custom-made using 3D scans of your smile, to offer a correct fit.
They can also protect a weak tooth to protect the root from further damage. Additionally, it can also restore and support a broken or decayed tooth. Hide an unsightly filling, if you have discoloured teeth crowns can cover this up.
Crowns can either be used as a restorative or cosmetic dental treatment. There are various different types of crowns which are used to protect the tooth, each built with different materials. They are usually made from either ceramic porcelain material to offer the most aesthetically pleasing results, or another material such as porcelain fused to metal crowns or zirconia.
Ceramic (porcelain) crowns
Ceramic crowns are made from porcelain and are commonly used for the aesthetic quality. Porcelain crowns can be matched to the exact colour of your natural teeth, which makes them a great option for restorations. Porcelain material is the least durable of the options, however it is strong enough to withstand eating.
Zirconia is a type of metal that is related to titanium that is natural tooth coloured and extremely durable and strong, which makes it a very popular option. However, zirconia is not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain crowns.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns
These crowns combine the qualities of both ceramic porcelain and metal alloy together. They feature a metal interior and a porcelain exterior as they are built for both strength and aesthetics. However, in some cases, the metal may become visible along the gumline and the porcelain if damaged will show the metal.
What are dental crowns for?
There are a range of purposes and benefits for dental crowns, including:
Help to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth
Restore aesthetics to an extensively damaged tooth
Cover up tooth discolouration
Restore the health and function of a fractured tooth
Used to hold a dental bridge in place
To sit on top of a dental implant
The dental crown procedure:
You will begin with an initial consultation at Oracare where our experience dentists will decide if you are suitable for a dental crown, or if another treatment would be more sufficient.
The dental crown procedure will be done under a local anaesthetic and requires the removal of the decayed parts and outer layer of the tooth to make room for the crown to fit properly. Digital impressions will be taken of your tooth before and after the removal of the outer layer.
Your crown will be fabricated within our in-house dental laboratory based off the impressions, to ensure it fits perfectly to your smile. In the meantime, while it’s being made, you will receive a temporary crown – make sure to avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods with the temporary crown.
Once your permanent crown is fabricated, it will be cemented onto your tooth to restore full function and beautiful natural aesthetics.
How long do dental crowns last for?
The longevity of your dental crowns depends on a whole range of reasons such as:
Type of dental crown
Lifestyle and personal habits
Oral hygiene practices
However, you can expect your dental crown to last for between 10 to 20 years, or potentially even longer with maximum care.
Can a cracked dental crown be repaired?
It depends on how badly your dental crown is damaged. If you have a small chip, our dentists may repair it using composite resin. However, a severely damaged crown may need replacing.
Dental Crowns in Brisbane
If you have severely damaged teeth or aesthetic issues and want to seek a second opinion, then you should speak to the expert dental professionals at Oracare about your options. Get in touch with the team today.
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