Do you want a Dental Crown that restores Strength and Beauty to your weakened tooth?
Please contact Swish Dental on:
(07) 3485 0895 (Everton Park Branch) or
(07) 3485 0875 (Mitchelton Branch).
A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is used to cover an existing tooth to restore its function and aesthetic appearance. The Crown is cemented into position and covers the entire portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line.
It is typically recommended as a viable treatment option for protecting a badly damaged or decayed tooth. The dentist may suggest the Dental Crown if your tooth has lost too much structure such that a regular filling does not provide the required strength and protection. The Dental Crown not only helps to protect the tooth from further disruption and deterioration, it also preserves its structural integrity.
The dental crown is a highly versatile restorative procedure that can be used for a host of situations. There are many reasons why a dentist may suggest a dental crown to address your particular needs.
You would make a prime candidate if you have:
Chipped, cracked, broken or fractured teeth: If you leave a damaged or injured tooth untreated, the tooth may deteriorate further leading to oral health issues. Dental crowns can help to stabilise the tooth structure while distributing the load stresses that come from biting and chewing. The custom-made dental cap also helps to improve the tooth’s overall bite quality and appearance.
Large dental fillings: Large fillings can render the remaining tooth structure vulnerable to chips and fractures. A dental crown can help to restore the strength of your weakened tooth’s dental walls and protect its underlying structure from further damage.
Post-root canal therapy: Root canal therapy is used to remove infected pulp and nerve tissue. Following a root canal procedure, a dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth to restore its strength, function and appearance.
Severe tooth decay: A dental crown can help to minimise the unwanted consequences of a bad decay, including a painful infection and tooth loss.
Missing teeth: Used in conjunction with dental implants, dental crowns make a viable tooth replacement option.
Cosmetic issues: The dental crown can be customised to conform to the desired shape, size and colour of the treated tooth to enhance its appearance. It can also be used to treat severe tooth discolouration and other cosmetic imperfections.
If your dentist has recommended dental crowns as a solution but you are not sure what the alternatives are, we will try to provide you some information in this section. From the outset, it is important to note that while there are other treatment approaches, there is currently no exact equivalent to a dental crown. That said, there are other types of dental restorations that can restore beauty and function to damaged teeth.
Crowns vs Fillings
Dental Fillings is the most common and basic dental restoration for replacing the decayed portion of a tooth with composite or amalgam material. In cases where the area of decay is not too large, fillings may adequately fill the cavity and stabilise the tooth structure. If a substantial portion of the tooth is missing, a dental crown provides a more stable and permanent solution.
Crowns vs Inlays/Onlays
Similar to crowns, inlays and onlays are also used to cover an existing tooth that is beyond the repair of regular fillings. While an inlay is only used to treat decay on the cusp or chewing surfaces of the tooth, onlays are used on larger areas – hence sometimes referred to as partial crowns.
Although an onlay may be considered a less aggressive method – in that the procedure requires less tooth structure to be removed – a crown offers more comprehensive protection and cover.
Compared to inlay and onlay treatments, a crown procedure is more likely to be covered by private health insurance, hence require less out-of-pocket expenses for insured patients.
Dental crowns are categorised according to the type of materials that they are made from. In addition, they may also vary in terms of application and technology.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. If you are not put off by their distracting glint, gold crowns have the added advantage of being impossible to break and being highly durable.
Porcelain and all-ceramic crowns are prized for their “tooth-like” aesthetics, although not all ceramic types of crowns share the same aesthetic and physical properties. Among the all-ceramic materials, porcelain stands out as one of the most robust metal-free materials – being more resistant to stains, scratches and fracture. Porcelain is also able to mimic the translucency of real teeth, allowing a natural-looking restoration.
Porcelain, while aesthetically superior, cannot match metal restorations in terms of durability and strength. As the name suggests, PFMs combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of metals by coating the visible part of the metal component with an outer layer of porcelain. Though still not as strong or durable as all-metal crowns, PFMs offer a creative method of fortifying the beautiful porcelain material.
CEREC is the latest computer-aided CAD/CAM technology that allows strong and beautiful crowns to be custom-created and fitted onsite at the dentist’s office.
You no longer need to be fitted with a temporary crown while waiting a couple of weeks for your permanent crown to be fabricated at a dental lab. A CEREC crown restoration can be customised for you on the spot – while you’re relaxing in the dental chair!
Dental Crowns are very strong and should last well over 10 years as long as they are placed with careful planning and well maintained. Generally after many years of service, dental crowns may lose their lustre and need to be replaced due to aesthetic reasons.
Black margins are a common aesthetic problem when crowns made of metal underneath ceramic are used. As our dentists at Swish Dental will almost always use all ceramic crowns, this problem will not occur. The entire tooth structure will be hidden under your beautiful new crown.
Our dentists have taken a special interest in shade taking and use the latest technologies in dentistry to ensure your dental crown is matched to your teeth. In complex cases our highly experienced dental ceramist will help confirm the correct shade for your dental crown to match your teeth.
At Swish Dental, we provide a range of dental crowns and materials for you to choose from. Depending on the condition of your tooth and nature of repair, our experienced dentists will be able to identify and recommend the most suitable options.
Combining quality materials and advanced techniques, our dentists are able to restore the strength, size, shape and colour of your compromised tooth with a new dental crown that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your pearlies. After all, what you want isn’t just a repaired tooth but also a natural looking restoration that lasts!
At Swish Dental, we also give you the option of a Same Day Crown using our in-house CEREC technology. This cutting edge innovation allows you to receive the crown in the same visit! That means you won’t have to wait 3-4 weeks for your permanent crown to be delivered – saving you precious time and money.
Do you have a chipped or broken tooth due to decay or injury? The dental crown may just be the right solution for you!
For more information on our range of Dental Crown solutions – including Same Day CEREC Crowns – please contact Swish Dental on (07) 3485 0895 (Everton Park Branch) or (07) 3485 0875 (Mitchelton Branch).