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What is a Crown
Crowns, or “caps” as some call them, are custom-made covers for teeth that have had a root canal (leaving very little tooth structure), cracked or weakened teeth or teeth that are so decayed that a regular filling isn’t sufficient.
At Endeavour Hills Dental Clinic, we generally use a porcelain material to make the crown because it blends best with your other teeth. It takes two appointments to fit a crown.
At the first appointment, we prepare the tooth by making it small enough for the crown to fit over it. Next, we mold an impression of the tooth so that the crown fits between the teeth on either side of it and is basically the same size and shape as the one being capped. At the end of this visit, we attach a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
At the second visit, we cement the permanent crown and make sure that it feels comfortable and natural and that your bite is correct. That’s it!
How long does a Crown last?
There is no reason why your crown shouldn’t last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and routine dental examinations and cleanings.
Is a Crown right for you?
The dental crown is a highly versatile restorative procedure that can be used for a host of situations. There are many reasons why Endeavour Hills Dental Clinic may suggest a dental crown to address your particular needs.
You would make a prime candidate if you have:
Chipped, cracked, broken or fractured teeth: If you leave a damaged or injured tooth untreated, the tooth may deteriorate further leading to oral health issues. Dental crowns can help to stabilise the tooth structure while distributing the load stresses that come from biting and chewing. The custom-made dental cap also helps to improve the tooth’s overall bite quality and appearance.
Large dental fillings: Large fillings can render the remaining tooth structure vulnerable to chips and fractures. A dental crown can help to restore the strength of your weakened tooth’s dental walls and protect its underlying structure from further damage.
Post-root canal therapy: Root canal therapy is used to remove infected pulp and nerve tissue. Following a root canal procedure, a dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth to restore its strength, function and appearance.
Severe tooth decay: A dental crown can help to minimise the unwanted consequences of a bad decay, including a painful infection and tooth loss.
Missing teeth: Used in conjunction with dental implants, dental crowns make a viable tooth replacement option.
Cosmetic issues: The dental crown can be customised to conform to the desired shape, size and colour of the treated tooth to enhance its appearance. It can also be used to treat severe tooth discolouration and other cosmetic imperfections.