What is a dental crown?

dental crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped, personalised ‘cap’, that’s placed over a tooth for protection or cosmetic enhancement

If you have teeth that are cracked, broken or suffer from severe decay, a dental crown may be recommended.

Depending on the severity of your individual case you may require a partial crown or a full crown. If a tooth is lost, you may need a dental implant, which is finished off with a full crown.

G Dental in Melbourne offers strong, long-lasting porcelain dental crowns to their patients. They use porcelain crowns, as they offer a discreet method of repair by blending to match the colour of your natural teeth.

If the crown of your tooth has been compromised it may lead to infections

An anatomy of a tooth can be divided into two basic parts, the root which is underneath the gum, and the crown, the visible part of the tooth. In healthy teeth, the roots of the teeth are covered by the gums and bone but if the crown of a tooth has been damaged then it may lead to infections or decay appearing in the root of your tooth.

If your teeth have sustained damage or have developed an infection, then a porcelain dental crown may be suggested, you may also need a dental crown due to:

  • Chipped, cracked or a worn-down tooth
  • Cover misshaped or discoloured teeth
  • To support a dental bridge
  • Cover a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Cover a dental implant

Porcelain dental crowns cover the entire surface of a tooth

Porcelain dental crowns are generally used to repair severe damage and dental crowns aid the structure of the tooth by increasing its strength and stability. Crowns can also reverse the consequences of teeth grinding and an improper bite.

To prepare your tooth for a dental crown, the dentists at G Dental will reduce the size of your natural tooth so the crown will fit snuggly over the top. An impression of the tooth will be taken and sent over to a laboratory for manufacture. A temporary crown will be fitted while the patient waits for the permanent crown.

In the final dental appointment, the permanent crown should be a perfect match to your other natural teeth and will be fixed with the aid of dental cement.

Placing dental crowns should not be painful

G Dental does everything to minimise discomfort for their patients undergoing any type of dental procedure, however, some patients may still experience some discomfort.

Some patients may require a root canal treatment prior to placing the crown and the tooth will still contain the nerve so some sensitivity may be experienced.

If you do experience some discomfort that persists for more then a few days, contact the team at G Dental.

If your crown has been damaged or fallen out, do not stress

It is quite uncommon for crowns to be chipped or damaged but if they are, depending on the severity of damage, G Dental can repair it with a resin or have a new one made and fitted.

If your crown has fallen out and you aren’t in any discomfort, wash the crown thoroughly and make an appointment as soon as possible. If you are experiencing discomfort, thoroughly wash the crown, removing any remnants of dirt or dental cement with a toothpick. Perform a final clean using damp cotton swabs and book an emergency appointment with G Dental.

Porcelain dental crowns from G Dental

Typically, porcelain dental crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years, with some crowns even lasting up to 25 or 30 years. It is a big range, which mostly depends on the patient’s dental hygiene and habits but a well-made crown should not have any defects that need replacement before five years.

If the dental crown was manufactured to the highest standards, properly fitted to your bite, and well cared for, it can potentially last a lifetime.

For more information on porcelain dental crowns or to book an appointment, contact G Dental today.

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