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Dental Crowns 101: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Dec 27, 2021

Dental Crowns

Intact healthy teeth are protected by a strong outer layer called enamel. However, when teeth are chipped or broken due to trauma, tooth decay, large fillings, root canal therapy or age-related wear and tear, they are weakened and vulnerable. A dental crown can save a damaged tooth, it ‘caps’ the entire tooth protecting it with a strong outer layer that strengthens and improves the appearance of the tooth. Your crown will look and behave like a natural tooth, restoring your smile and functionality.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, sometimes also known as a ‘dental cap’, is fitted over and fully covers your natural tooth to provide strength and appearance to a severely damaged tooth which otherwise would have been lost to extraction. A well designed and fabricated dental crown will provide a weak and vulnerable tooth with the most reliable and long lasting treatment that restores the tooth’s functionality and improves its aesthetics

Dental crowns can be made of ceramics, metal (even gold) or a combination of both. All materials used to construct dental crowns are of the highest quality to ensure longevity, durability and the best aesthetics to restore the ideal shape and colour to the original tooth.

At Pinnacle Dental Group, your dental crowns are designed and prepared by one of our experienced general dentists or specialist prosthodontist, and hand-crafted by our master ceramist, to ensure the highest clinical standards and best aesthetics are adhered to in every case.

What Can You Gain from a Dental Crown?

  • Preserve the tooth – A dental crown can save a severely damaged tooth from extraction and replacement options

  • Improved chewing – A damaged tooth can affect the way you eat or chew food. A dental crown can strengthen and protect your tooth so you can enjoy foods again with comfort and peace of mind

  • Protection – A dental crown can cover and support a weakened and vulnerable tooth preventing it from breaking down further

  • Improved appearance – A dental crown is designed to look and feel like a natural tooth. A crown can restore your vulnerable, severely discoloured or broken down tooth to its ideal shape and colour instantly transforming your smile and confidence

When is the Time to Get a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is for long-term health, well-being and the protection of your smile. It is a long term restorative treatment that will protect your teeth and gum health and can significantly extend the lifespan of a tooth which otherwise would be lost. Thus it is important to consider a dental crown sooner rather than later as without a crown, your teeth are vulnerable to the risk of increasing damage and further complications.

A dental crown may be recommended in the following scenarios:

· Following root canal therapy to protect the tooth from breaking (particularly back teeth which are subjected to heavy chewing pressures)

· A heavily filled tooth with a repeated history of chipping or breaking

· To restore a broken or decayed tooth

· If your tooth has suffered a fracture or crack

· When your tooth has experienced severe wear and tear

· A tooth with severe discolouration or staining that cannot be corrected with dental veneers or bleaching

· Congenital dental diseases which affects the strength and integrity of dental enamel (such as amelogenesis imperfecta)

Contact our experienced team at Pinnacle Dental Group today on (02) 9526 1458 to know more about dental crowns.

Contact Our Team Today!

At Pinnacle Dental Group, we firmly believe “Happiness begins with a Smile”. Our Miranda dentists will assess and devise a personalised treatment plan to restore the health and aesthetics of your weakened tooth. Give us a call at (02) 9526 1458 to know more about our dental crown procedure.

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