What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a treatment designed to rebuild or support a damaged or root-filled tooth or to replace a missing tooth. The latter requires the placing of an implant before the crown is added. An alternative option for rebuilding an existing tooth would be a large filling; for replacing a missing tooth it would be a fixed or removable denture.
Teeth can wear due to any number of causes, such as grinding at night or imperfect alignment of the jaw. Teeth can also be lost through accidental trauma, infection or poor gum health. Rebuilding or replacing missing teeth is functionally important because chewing, clear speech and jaw health can all be affected.
Crowns may be made entirely from porcelain, or from gold covered by porcelain, or entirely from gold. The material is selected according to your needs and takes into account aesthetic demands, strength requirements and the amount of tooth structure and space available.
Because they are fixed in the mouth, dental crowns are a very convenient solution.
Is a dental crown suitable for you?
Crowns are a solution to protect a damaged or root-treated tooth, or they can be used in conjunction with an implant to replace a missing tooth.
For best results, crowns require a certain amount of underlying tooth structure so they can be firmly anchored in place. Otherwise, tooth extraction, followed by placement of an implant, is advised.
Crowns offer excellent modification of length, width, alignment and shade of the existing tooth
That’s why they are ideal when aesthetics as well as strength are a priority. They are very strong and therefore suitable for both front and back teeth.
Compared with veneers, crowns do require more of the natural tooth to be shaved back. Because this process is irreversible, crowns are generally unsuitable for younger patients.
When building up a damaged tooth, a large filling is a cheaper alternative to a crown. Similarly, when replacing a missing tooth, a denture is a cheaper alternative to an implant plus crown.
Core Dental Group offers a full range of tooth restoration and replacement options, so we can provide the treatment you want. A complimentary consultation with one of our friendly dentists is the best way for us to understand your goals and assess your suitability for a dental crown.
What’s the procedure for treatment?
In cases where implants are not required, the process of fitting a dental crown involves the following two steps.
- The damaged (or root canal treated) tooth is prepared so as to create a surface onto which the crown can adhere. At the same visit, impressions are taken. Core Dental Group then sends these to a quality Melbourne laboratory as the blueprint for your dental crown, which is created by hand. Your dentist will prepare and fix a temporary cap over the prepared tooth, significantly reducing the chances of sensitivity in the meantime.
- About two weeks later, the temporary cap is removed and replaced with your new crown. Before permanently securing the crown in place, your dentist will try it on over your tooth to ensure that you feel comfortable with the result.
In cases where a single tooth is missing, a crown fixed to an implant is the gold standard treatment.
Implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the bone below the gums. They provide a very stable foundation onto which your new crown can be fixed.