If you have a tooth that is severely damaged or broken by decay, erosion or injury, a dental crown can be used to restore your tooth back to its original form, appearance, strength, and function. Dental crowns are prosthetic teeth that are shaped and designed to fit over your existing teeth, once they have been cleaned and prepared.
What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made from porcelain/ceramic, gold or metal alloy. The differences in the cost of dental crowns usually reflect the type of material that you choose for your crown. For a more natural appearance, porcelain/ceramic crowns are the best choice for your front teeth; whereas metallic crowns are usually more suitable for your rear teeth.
Is a crown an invasive dental treatment?
A crown treatment is a moderately-invasive dental procedure that is usually performed under local anaesthesia. Your dentist will need to remove small portions of the existing tooth to allow the dental crown to be fitted securely. If the damage to your tooth is minimal, less invasive options include dental bonding, veneers and inlays/onlays.
When are dental crowns needed?
Dental crowns are necessary to repair teeth with a cavity or fracture that extends over 50% of the width of your affected tooth. If a filling is used to repair this type of damage, the remaining tooth structure may continue to weaken, and the filling may cause it to fracture further or even break.
Crowns may also be required for dental implants, cosmetic treatment, bridges and root canal treatment.
Caring for your crown
Even though crowns cannot decay, it is still important to maintain proper oral care and hygiene – with a focus on where your natural tooth and gum line meet the edge of your crown. Otherwise, brush twice daily as usual, and use an interdental brush or floss to clean in-between your teeth.
Need more help and advice?
Complete Smile Dental is here for all your dental needs. If you need more information about dental crowns, or would like to book a consultation, call our friendly reception on 07 3300 3388. You can also check out more details about dental crown and bridge procedures on our website by clicking here.