Dental crowns are the best way to strengthen and protect a tooth after it has been significantly compromised (e.g., large amount of decay removed). Essentially, a crown is a custom-made porcelain ‘helmet’ made to look just like your natural teeth so it’s indistinguishable once fitted.
Your dentist will fit the crown over the compromised tooth to restore its integrity. The crown seals off the tooth from the rest of the mouth in order to reduce the risk of infection and improve the tooth’s longevity.
If you would like to discuss your dental crown requirements, phone the friendly Fernvale Dental team on 07 5427 0880 or book online today.
Why might a dental crown be recommended?
Dental crowns can be appropriate solutions for a number of issues:
Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
Provide an excellent anchor for a bridge
Restore a dental implant post-surgery
Cover discoloured or chipped teeth
What’s involved in a dental crown procedure?
A dental crown fitting requires two appointments.
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the compromised tooth for the new crown. Once prepared, an impression is taken of the area and sent to a local lab where specialised technicians create your porcelain crown.
At the end of the initial appointment, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.
During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your new, permanent crown is fitted. Your dentist will take time to ensure it’s the perfect fit, checking your bite and jaw alignment.
How do I care for my temporary dental crown?
A temporary crown provides short-term protection until the permanent crown is ready. There are precautions that should be taken with a temporary crown:
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods, such as chewing gum or caramel, which can stick to the temporary crown and pull it out.
- Avoid hard foods, such as raw vegetables and nuts, which can break or dislodge the temporary crown.
Is a dental crown procedure painful?
During the dental crown fitting, local anaesthetic is used to numb the mouth so that no pain is felt. After the appointment, once the anaesthetic has worn off, some soreness may be felt in the gum around where the crown was placed, but over-the-counter medication should be enough to alleviate any discomfort.
Why do we use porcelain dental crowns?
Porcelain is a type of ceramic, and it’s a very good material for dental procedures as it can be moulded to the shape of your natural teeth and look virtually identical. It can also be made to mimic the tone and translucency of dental ivory, which is why it’s a great choice for prominent front teeth, though equally appropriate for large molars.
Porcelain is also a bio-compatible material, which simply means it won’t cause any gum irritation or allergic reaction. A porcelain crown feels and looks like a natural tooth.
How long do dental crowns last?
Unlike natural teeth, a dental crown won’t last forever, with an average lifespan of up to 15 years. It’s important to keep in mind that the tooth underneath the crown can still get infected and decay if not cared for adequately.
Much like natural teeth, a dental crown’s longevity depends on good oral hygiene, which involves making a habit out of regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, as well as six-monthly check-ups with one of our friendly dentists.
To make an appointment with the experienced Fernvale Dental team,
phone 07 5427 0880 or book online today.
Easy payment options
Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:
At Fernvale Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be part of the Members’ Choice network for Medibank Private, First Choice for NIB, the More for Teeth program with HCF and the Choice Network for CBHS! FIND OUT MORE
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Shop 9, 1455 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale, Queensland.
T. 07 5427 0880
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