DENTAL CROWNS

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WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS?

Dental crowns are a covering for your tooth, otherwise commonly known as a ‘cap’. You could think of it like a helmet for your tooth. They are different from normal fillings in that they are first fabricated by a technician in a dental laboratory and then cemented on. Unlike removable appliances such as dentures, dental crowns are fixed in place and don’t need to be taken out.

They can be made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain/ceramic, gold/metal, or a combination of both. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your specific needs or desires. For example – you may want to rejuvenate the look of your smile, in which case a high-quality porcelain/ceramic crown could be suitable. Or if you want to save your back teeth from the consequences of tooth grinding, gold/metal crowns may be better.

 

WHEN WOULD I NEED A CROWN?

You may need a dental crown for the following reasons:

  • list icon Have existing large dental fillings
  • Normal dental fillings can be more prone to chipping, coming out, or wearing when compared to dental crowns. As they keep breaking and having to be replaced, more and more of the tooth can be lost, and eventually, it can even lead to the loss of the tooth. Placing a crown in these situations can prevent this from happening and provide a long-lasting solution.
  • list icon After root canal treatment
  • Teeth that have had a root canal treatment can often become weaker and at higher risk of fracturing. Placing a dental crown on these teeth helps to provide sufficient protection to prevent this from happening.
  • list iconHave cracked/broken teeth
  • Your teeth can have cracks or be broken, especially if you have amalgam metal fillings. As a result, you may feel pain while chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. While a regular dental filling is an option you can consider, it may end up being quite large, making your tooth more prone to breaking. Therefore, a dental crown is often the best long-term solution.
  • list icon Cosmetic reasons
  • Dental crowns are one of the many solutions available to restore the appearance of your smile if you have discoloured, broken, worn or poorly shaped teeth. With modern dentistry, crowns can be made to mimic the shape and colour of your natural teeth.
  • list icon After placing a dental implant
  • Once a dental implant is placed to fill in a missing tooth, you will need a dental crown placed on top. The implant will be the ‘root’ of the tooth, with the crown being the part that is visible.
  • list icon Worn down teeth
  • Teeth can wear down over time, often due to grinding and clenching. This can lead to an unsatisfactory appearance, and if left untreated for long, they can become worn down to the point where they can no longer be fixed easily. Dental crowns can be used to restore the appearance and prevent further tooth wear.

Protect your smile with a dental crown!

 

Dental Crown Benefits

Dental crowns offer a range of benefits for individuals with damaged or weakened teeth. Some of them include:

  • list iconRestoration of tooth function
  • list iconProtects your tooth
  • list iconNatural appearance
  • list iconDurable and long-lasting
  • list iconImproved confidence
  • list iconSaves damaged teeth

 

How do Dental Crowns Work?

The fabrication of a dental crown typically involves two appointments.

Firstly, an examination is required to assess the tooth and your oral health. X-rays may be required to help further assess your teeth. This is to ensure that your smile is suitable for a crown. Your dentist will then discuss the procedure and any risks specific to your case in detail.

Local anaesthetic is used to help make the procedure as comfortable as possible. If you’re anxious about the dental treatment, your dentist can discuss possible sedation options with you. Any decay and old fillings are removed, and the core part of the tooth may need to be built up to help support the crown. The overall size of the tooth is made smaller to allow the crown to fit, and impressions of your teeth will then be taken. A temporary crown will be made and placed as necessary.

At the next visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be placed after ensuring it matches the shape and shade of your other teeth. It is cemented into place and adjusted as necessary to make sure it fits with how you bite your teeth together.

It can be normal to have some discomfort and sensitivity once the anaesthetic has worn off–but  this typically resolves within a few days or so.

 

How Long do Dental Crowns Last?

There are a variety of factors involved that determine how long it will last. Your natural teeth won’t last forever, and crowns are no exception, but they can last more than a decade if they are maintained properly with good oral hygiene habits.

How do I care for my dental crown?

Whilst the crown itself will never get dental decay, the area where the tooth joins the crown can. Good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing is required to help prevent decay and gum disease around the crown. Habits such as tooth grinding/clenching and chewing on ice cubes will place undue stress on the crown and can shorten its lifespan.

Our experienced dentists can discuss specific advice to help you get the most life possible out of your new dental crown. We will also ensure the crown is in top shape when you visit us for your regular dental check-ups.

How much does a dental crown cost?

The cost of dental crowns can vary depending on several factors, including the type of crown used, the number of crowns needed, and the complexity of the treatment. If you’re considering dental crowns, it’s always best to consult with one of our experienced dental professionals to discuss your specific needs and receive an accurate cost estimate.

We have flexible payment plans to make dental treatments including crowns, more affordable and accessible to all.

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WHY CHOOSE PURITY DENTAL FOR DENTAL CROWNS?

At Purity Dental, we know you want the best for your smile. That’s why our experienced dental professionals use the latest techniques, advanced technology and premium materials to deliver high-quality dental care.
From dental crowns to bridges, veneers and, implants, we can help you with all your dental needs. You deserve a smile that makes you happy, and we’re here to help you.
Contact our team today to schedule your appointment or to learn more about how we can help you.

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