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 discreet method of repair by blending to match the colour of your natural teeth. If you require root canal therapy, 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.

The Dental Crown Procedure

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.

What to expect post treatment

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.

Porcelain crowns Greensborough

What problems can develop with a dental crown?

The crown chipping or getting damaged

Porcelain crowns can chip and damaged. Depending on the severity of the damage it could be simply repaired with a resin. You may need to have a new dental crown made and installed. Be sure to keep good dental hygiene while the crown is chipped as the inner tooth may be more likely to get a bacterial infection.

The crown has fallen out

If the crown has fallen out make sure to contact your dentist and make an appointment as soon as possible. Wash the crown thoroughly and place it in a zip-lock bag. Do not try and fix the crown yourself. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your crown until you are able to see your dentist. They will simply re-cement the crown for further use. The restored crown might be sensitive for a few days afterward but that is normal.

Discomfort and sensitivity

It is normal to have discomfort after receiving root canal therapy and having a crown installed. Although if it is to persist for more than a few days you may need to contact your dentist. If the pain is only present when you bite down it could be an indication that the crown is installed too high, which your dentist can fix easily.

Dark line present on tooth

A dark line present on the tooth is common and is just where the porcelain was fused to the metal crown.

What special care is required for a dental cown?

In the first week of having your crown installed you may need to be careful with how sensitive the nerve is. It is recommended to use sensitive toothpaste and be careful when drinking hot or cold drinks.

Simply continuing good oral hygiene of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will keep your teeth and crowns in good condition.

How much does a porcelain crown cost?

As every crown is custom made to fit the patient’s teeth it is impossible to estimate the cost without an appointment. Generally, a portion of your crown will be covered by insurance, but be sure to check with your dental insurance first.

If you would like to receive a consultation on the price of a custom fitted crown then please contact G dental at 03 9435 6063.

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