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WiSE Dental Clinic Gold Coast
Dental Crown Consultations in Robina, Gold Coast
We understand that there is a lot to consider when it comes to dental crowns! With a myriad of dentistry options to solve so many different issues, it can be difficult to know which may be the best option for you. That's why our experienced team of Dentists are here to help! Book a consultation with us at our Gold Coast Clinic today!
Dental Crowns on the Gold Coast
At WiSE Dental Clinic, our dentists are highly experienced when it comes to dental crowns. When you are treated at our Robina dental practice, we'll ensure that your crown fits perfectly and ensure that we restore your ability to chew correctly again!
Dental crowns are typically used to fix broken, damaged or decayed teeth that need to be rebuilt. Dental crowns are required after a root canal treatment to strengthen the treated tooth and reduce the chances of further decay and breakage. Dental crowns are also used in conjunction with tooth replacement solutions like dental implants.
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Dental Crown Consultation on the Gold Coast (Robina)
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a covering for an existing tooth. Dental crowns are an artificial restorative procedure that can help strengthen a damaged tooth, improve a tooth’s appearance by shaping or alignment. A crown might be a suitable solution for you if your objective is to:
Restore a fracture tooth
Protect a tooth from fracturing or further damage
Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
Attach a dental bridge
Cover a dental implant
Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A dental crown is a cap fitted over an existing tooth to restore its original appearance and function. Crowns are generally made from materials such as porcelain, metal, and porcelain/metal combinations. Not only do they make your teeth look more attractive, but they also give them added strength, durability and stability. Dental crowns are manufactured to be as strong as your natural tooth enamel, feature a similar translucent finish, and can be colour-matched to your teeth for a more natural looking look.
How are dental crowns made?
Crowns are custom made. If you're getting a crown for a damaged or decayed tooth, your dentist will make an impression of your bite or take a digital scan. From that mould, they will be able to determine the best shape for your new tooth. The mould or digital scan of your bite is then sent to a dental laboratory where they will create your crown, which usually takes a few weeks. They then send the dental crown back to us to fit them to your tooth. We'll make the final adjustments to ensure they fit your mouth perfectly and that you can bite and chew correctly.
What is a dental crown made of?
The better you look after your dental crown, the longer it will last. The crown itself cannot decay but decay can form where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. In order to prevent decay affecting the crown, it is best to keep this area just as clean as you would your natural teeth. By practicing good oral hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime. We recommend brush at least twice a day, flossing or cleaning between your teeth with interdental brushes or water flossers at least once a day, and consider using other helpful products like antimicrobial mouth rinses and tongue scrapers.
Sometimes crowns can become loose or fall out from the damage cause by chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects. Dental disease that causes tooth or bone loss is another reason bridges may loosen over time. Be sure to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings - not only to keep your teeth pearly white and bacteria-free but also to check the health of your dental crown.
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are being introduced all the time, as research and technology develops over time. Some of the most common components are:
Porcelain (porcelain bonded metal, also known as ‘PFM’ or porcelain fused to metal): A precious or non-precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it
Porcelain fused to zirconia
Ceramic: this modern material is metal free. It can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. This makes it suitable for use in all areas of the mouth
Gold alloy: gold is used with other metals to increase its strength, which makes it a very hard-wearing restoration
How long do dental crowns last?
Are there alternatives to getting a dental crown?
Yes! If you want to improve dark staining or discolouration, then tooth whitening may be the better option. If you have staining that cannot be treated by tooth whitening, or would like to change the shape of your tooth with no other structural issues, then dental veneers may be a better option. If your tooth is chipped or has an irregular shape, another option would be to rebuild your tooth structure using filling material such as inlays or onlays. The most important thing is that your dentist walks you through every option before you make a decision. Our dentists are fully trained to ensure that they discuss the pros and cons of every procedure with you before proceeding.
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Crowns are a great option to protect teeth that are weak or have been broken. They also help improve the appearance of teeth that are irregularly shaped or stained. Crowns can last many years if they are cared for properly.
However, they can sometimes break or fall off. This may occur due to certain foods you eat or it might be because the tooth under the crown has decayed. If this occurs, we advise that you see our dentists as soon as you can to repair the crown, ensure the tooth is properly protected and does not get damaged, and ensure the tooth does not decay further.
If caught early, this can be a fairly simple process of re-cleaning the tooth, removing any decay and refitting the crown. However, if the tooth structure is left exposed for too long it may become damaged, or if the decay is left to progress, then the tooth may require further treatment before the crown can be refitted.
What are Post and Core Crowns?
For various reasons, it may be possible that you have insufficient tooth structure remaining to support a crown. In this case, a post and core crown can be custom-made to help support the crown. A post and core crown consist of 2 parts:
The post: Is a small rod inserted into the root canal of a root canal treated tooth and helps to anchor the overlying core and crown.
The core: Is typically made from metal and replaces the central missing tooth structure and supports the overlying crown.
Because of the design of the post and core crown, it can only be performed on a root canal treated (RCT) tooth. If a tooth needs to be crowned and requires a post and core, an elective RCT may be required. This means, despite having a normal, non-diseased pulp, RCT needs to be undertaken to allow sufficient retention of the crown.
What are the benefits and risks of a dental crown procedure?
What is involved in getting a dental crown?
When you see our dentists at our Gold Coast dental clinic, the first thing they will need to do is prepare your tooth so that it is in the ideal shape to fit your crown. Preparing a tooth involves removing a layer of a tooth’s outer surface. The amount of tooth removed will be similar to the thickness of the crown. You will typically need to have at least two 2 visits for this procedure.
The first appointment is generally focused on tooth preparation, where impressions are taken, the shade matched to your natural teeth colour and the temporary crown fitted. The second appointment is to fit the permanent crown. There will usually be about 1 to 2 weeks in between appointments during which time the crown is being made by a technician. A crown is fitted by your dentist using dental cement or adhesive.
If you are getting a crown on a missing a tooth, your dentist will first install a dental implant, on top of which they will place your crown once the implant site has healed. The process of getting a dental implant is usually done in stages over a few months, with a series of minor operations and checks to ensure the implant is a successful one.