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Tooth damage can be caused by a number of things, including tooth decay or an injury. It may also be a result of gum disease, which is not only unsightly but can also result in your teeth becoming loose and falling out over time.
Dental crowns are custom-made shells that fit over a properly prepared tooth and are bonded to the tooth. Also referred to as a tooth cap, it looks like a tooth but is designed to go over the remaining structure of your natural tooth. It is a restorative treatment that restores stability and strength while looking completely seamless with the rest of your smile.
Having a dental crown placed on damaged teeth is an excellent way to restore their appearance. The following are some distinct benefits of dental crowns:
At Smiles in Currambine, we offer premium quality porcelain crowns to restore your smile. Our state-of-the-art 3D printing technology allows us to craft functional and aesthetically pleasing crowns with fewer visits, ensuring efficient and attentive care for each patient.
Your comfort is our priority, and we provide various sedation options to make your dental treatment relaxing and anxiety-free. Trust our experienced dentists to deliver exceptional care and save your teeth for years to come.
With extensive experience in using advanced 3D printing technology, our dentists deliver efficient and precise crown treatments. Count on our professional team at Smiles in Currambine to help you smile confidently again.
There are several instances of oral health issues that may require a dental crown:
- When you have a tooth that is damaged, cracked, decayed, or seriously worn down, a dental crown is needed to restore the damaged or weak tooth.- When you’ve had a large filling, and very little of the original tooth remains, a dental crown is needed for support.- When your tooth is damaged or discoloured, a dental crown can be used to restore its natural appearance.- When you’ve had a root canal treatment, your tooth’s remaining structure becomes brittle and fragile. A dental crown protects the remaining tooth from further damage or infection.- When you’ve had a dental implant placed, a dental crown can be used to cover the implant.- Paediatric dentists recommend dental crowns for children if they need to repair or restore a primary tooth that has a large cavity or cavities, a broken tooth, or a primary tooth that has not developed correctly.
A traditional crown procedure typically requires two visits to your dentist. During the first dental visit, we will examine and prepare your tooth. Your tooth will be prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel and creating an impression using a putty-like material or a digital scanner. We will send your impression to the laboratory to fabricate your dental crown. The procedure can take a few weeks, and we may provide you with a temporary crown while you wait. Once the permanent crown is ready, you’ll need to return to our dental clinic for the crown fit. We will take off the temporary crown, and your new permanent crown will be bonded to your tooth.
Another option, a same-day crown placement, doesn’t require multiple visits or a temporary crown. Using our state-of-the-art 3D printing technology on-site, we will take digital pictures of your mouth. We’ll take the necessary measurements and enter this information into our software program. This process allows us to use our 3D printer to custom-create your dental crown. This same-day dental crown procedure may take about 1 to 2 hours. Once it’s ready, you’ll be fitted with the permanent replacement.
The following problems may occur with your crown over time:
- Sensitive Teeth: You might experience dental pain and tooth sensitivity after a dental crown placement once the anaesthesia wears off. However, if you feel pain or sensitivity when you bite down, your crown may be too high on your tooth. Fortunately, this problem can be easily remedied. Contact your dentist so they can fix it.- Chipped Crown: All-porcelain crowns (the entire crown is made of porcelain) sometimes chip. Minor chips can be repaired, and the crown can remain in place. A large chip or several chips may require a new dental crown.- Loose Crown: A loose crown occurs when the dental cement that holds the crown in place washes out. Additionally, this allows bacteria to leak into the remaining tooth and cause dental decay. Consult your dentist if your crown feels loose.- Crown Falling Off: Insufficient cement or an improper fit can cause a dental crown to fall off. Contact your dentist if this happens to you. The dentist will give you instructions on how to take proper care of your crown until you can schedule an appointment. It is possible for your dentist to re-cement your crown. If not, a new crown will need to be placed.- Allergic Reaction: Dental crowns are frequently made from metal alloy. If you are allergic to metal, you could have an allergic reaction to the dental crown. Fortunately, this is an extremely rare condition.Dark Line at the Gum Line: You may see a dark line at the gum line if you have a crowned tooth. This dark line is simply the crown’s metal showing through if you have a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.- Gum Disease: Dental crowns can cause gum irritation, resulting in bleeding around the teeth. This area of your mouth may be suffering from gum disease if it feels sore and starts bleeding. Consult your dentist as soon as possible.
Dental crowns do not need any special care. However, the tooth must still be kept free of decay or gum disease. Good oral hygiene practices should be maintained. Good oral hygiene practices include brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, particularly in the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. If you have porcelain crowns, avoid biting on hard foods or ice to prevent cracking.
During crown fabrication, the dentist will match the crown’s colour to the existing teeth. In contrast to natural teeth, dental crowns won’t stain easily and will stay whiter longer. When natural teeth gradually stain or yellow, the crown will appear whiter than the adjacent teeth.
While dental crowns cannot be bleached, your dentist can whiten your teeth so that they are near your crowns. Dental crowns made from porcelain are resistant to the powerful whitening agents used for professional teeth whitening. Thus, teeth whitening can be done without damaging existing dental crowns.
While the whitening process will not cause any harm to dental crowns, it will not whiten them. Professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten the rest of the teeth, but they will not work on crowns. A ceramic crown can be redesigned by sending it back to the ceramist for colour adjustment. Depending on how your crowns were initially fabricated, the colour of your crowns may change over time.
The cost of crowns varies depending on which tooth requires the crown and the type of crown. A ceramic crown costs between $1,800 and $2,000, and a full metal crown can be as much as $2,100. For zirconia or gold crowns, additional costs may apply.
The consequences of failing to get a dental crown for a tooth that needs one vary according to individual circumstances. In some cases, nothing will happen. In other cases, the situation could worsen. If you have a damaged tooth, it could crack or chip more. Delaying getting a dental crown could lead to root canal treatment becoming necessary. In some cases, your entire tooth could split, which may require crown lengthening or extraction.
If you have chipped, cracked, or severely decayed teeth, book your dental crown consultation now. Regain the function and beauty of your smile with our dental crown solutions.
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