Porcelain Crowns Greensborough
If your teeth are cracked, broken or suffer from severe decay a porcelain crown may be recommended instead of a filling.
Depending on the severity of your case you may require a partial crown or a full crown. If you have lost a tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental implant which will be finished off with a full crown.
Your teeth’s anatomy can be divided into two basic parts: the root and the “crown”. In a healthy tooth, the roots of the teeth are covered by the gums and bone. If the crown of your tooth has been compromised then this may lead to infections or decay appearing in the root of your tooth. If your teeth have sustained damage then a crown may be suggested. A porcelain crown is a structure that covers the entire surface area of the tooth. Generally used to repair severe damage, crowns aid the structure of the tooth by increasing strength and stability. At G Dental, we use porcelain crowns, as they offer a discrete method of repair by blending to match the colour of your natural teeth. If you require a root canal, chances are your treatment will be finished with a crown. Crowns may also reverse the effects of teeth grinding and an improper bite.
In preparation for your crown the existing tooth will be reduced. This will include removal of any decayed matter, cleaning, and reshaping the tooth so the crown will fit snuggly. An impression will be taken of your tooth, then sent to a laboratory for fabrication. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown. At the final fitting, your permanent crown will be fixed with the aid of dental cement. If you choose porcelain crowns, you should take care to avoid grinding your teeth, or using that tooth to bite into hard foods as you could damage the crown.
At G Dental we will do everything we can to minimise discomfort, however, some patients may still experience some discomfort. If you require a root canal treatment prior to your crown, the tooth will still contain the nerve so you may experience some sensitivity although this should be temporary. If discomfort persists for longer than a couple of days please contact your dentist. If you experience pain or sensitivity when you bite you should also contact your dentist, as this may be an indication that your crown has been placed too high.
If your crown has been damaged or fallen out it is important not to stress. If the crown has been chipped, depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to have it repaired with a resin or have a new one made and fitted. If the crown has fallen out and is not causing any discomfort, do not try to replace the crown yourself. Wash the crown thoroughly and place in a zip-lock bag then make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing discomfort thoroughly wash the crown, dislodging any remnants of dirt or dental cement with a toothpick. Follow up with a final clean using damp cotton swabs, then replace with denture adhesive or temporary cement. You should then book an emergency appointment with your dentist.