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Dental Crowns

Dental crown IllustrationWhen you have a complete set of attractive, straight teeth, it will brighten your smile and boost your quality of life. On the other hand, if you have a single visibly damaged tooth, it can detract from your appearance and diminish your confidence.

Concealing a damaged tooth in the front of your mouth is especially important. Obviously, the more visible the defective tooth, the bigger impact it has on your smile and its appearance.

With a dental crown you can improve the look and function of your smile. As a result, you can enjoy increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking and eating. Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.

Protecting your tooth with a full coverage dental crown can help your smile stand up to the test of time. When teeth are susceptible to erosion, breakage or other trauma, covering them with a “cap” makes them durable enough to withstand everyday use.

What Is a Crown?

A dental crown is a protective cover that slips over the entire portion of the tooth that’s visible above the gums. The integrity of the crown distributes pressure evenly across the tooth so that the compromised enamel doesn’t break apart any further.

Unlike fillings, crowns go over teeth instead of inside them. We may recommend getting a dental crown if your tooth has been affected by

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Aggressive wear or trauma
  • Recent root canal treatment
  • An older, leaky filling
  • Replacement with an individual implant
  • Heavily filled back teeth

Customised Crown Design

Our crowns are made by laboratory technicians in Sydney. Each of our dental crowns is personalised to reflect the best shape, shade and overall appearance for our patients’ smiles. In most cases, we prefer to use high-quality ceramics that are both durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Ultimately, we want to restore your tooth’s normal function as well as return your smile to its normal contour and colour.

Along with your customised crown, our calm and welcoming practice is committed to ensuring a positive and relaxing experience. We’re here to look after your overall wellbeing just as much as the future of your teeth.

Planning for Your Crown Treatment

Getting a new dental crown typically requires two separate trips to our office. During the first appointment, we’ll numb your tooth with a small amount of local anaesthetic. When it’s desensitised, the outer layer of your enamel is reduced in size, and the damaged portions are removed. Then we’ll take an impression, which our lab uses to hand-design your new crown.

You’ll wear a temporary crown over your tooth for about two weeks. When your permanent cap is completed by our lab, you’ll come back for a shorter visit to have it tried in and permanently bonded to your tooth. Numbing usually isn’t needed at your second visit.

FAQ

Are there any complications that can arise with crowns?

Some people will require root canal therapy after a crown has been placed, but that’s explained before the crown preparation is done. While not very common, here are some possible issues that may occur with dental crowns:

  • Tooth pain – an achy, throbbing or painful sensation when chewing
  • Sensitivity – to hot or cold foods or cool air
  • Bite issues – tenderness or an irregular bite when eating

Is there pain involved in getting a crown?

No, you shouldn’t experience any pain while getting a dental crown. However, because we will need to grind down the tooth structure to prepare it for the crown your tooth may develop some sensitivity, particularly to hot and cold foods and drinks.

Between the preparation and fitting stages of the crown procedure, a temporary crown will be given to help decrease the chances of sensitivity.

If we use an anaesthetic, you may feel minor discomfort as the numbing agent wears off. However, neither the tooth nor crown should hurt. It may just feel slightly different for a few days as you get accustomed to it.

Are crowns needed more as we age?

Yes, as we age, our back teeth require the support of a crown if they’ve been heavily filled or if they’ve been worn down. Your teeth are more likely to be worn down if you grind them or if you have sleep apnoea and have acid coming up from the stomach that dissolves enamel on the back teeth.

How do I care for my dental crowns?

Dental crowns protect your tooth for several years. But to prevent new decay from forming around the edges (and the crown failing), it’s important to carefully brush and floss each day. Gentle, proper flossing will not pull a stable crown off of your tooth. However, if you feel anything catching, do not force the floss through; let us know about the issue straightaway.

We recommend sleeping in a protective nightguard to minimise the risk of chipping and wear, caused by bruxism (grinding and clenching of your teeth).

Schedule a checkup every six months, so that we can evaluate the integrity of your new crown and other existing dental work.

What if I need a root canal after getting a crown?

We can make a small hole in the top of the crown and access the root that way. Then we would just top the crown up with more ceramic or put a white filling in.

How long do dental crowns typically last?

On average, you can expect your dental crowns to last between 5-10 years. The lifespan of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear it’s exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices and your mouth-related habits. For example, you should avoid grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and opening packages with your teeth.

DO I NEED A DENTAL CROWN?

Investing in a dental crown Sydney CBD can help to extend the life of your tooth and reduce your risk of an extraction or dental emergency. It offers more protection than a smaller filling. Contact She’s Apples Dentistry today to find out if a ceramic crown is the best thing for your smile’s needs.
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