What are Dental Crowns?
Tooth damage can be concerning, whether it’s due to a fracture, a deep cavity, or any other issue. Left untreated, this damage can cause severe pain, lead to tooth loss and the potential spread of infection. The good news is that we have an excellent solution to help you restore the functions of your tooth and protect it completely – a dental crown! It is a prosthetic tooth cover placed over your natural tooth or a dental implant.
At Wyndham Dental Clinic, we take great care in providing the best possible treatment for our patients in Werribee. If you have any dental problems or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll be more than happy to assess your situation and determine if a dental crown is suitable for you. Rest assured, we’ll make the entire process as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Not all teeth need protection and shielding from a dental crown, but it may be necessary in some cases, to restore your beautiful smile! Let’s talk about when and why you could need one:
There are many times when tooth decay has progressed extensively, rendering your tooth weak and leaving insufficient structure to maintain the integrity of the filling. This makes it necessary to crown the tooth to prevent the dislodging of the filling and reinforce the tooth structure with a dental crown.
An RCT (root canal treatment) is the treatment of choice for teeth with an infection that has reached the pulp (nerves and vessels in the tooth) or if a tooth is being included in a dental bridge plan as the supporting tooth (known as an elective RCT). In such a case, a tooth, without its vital nerves and vessels, becomes weak and prone to fracture, making it necessary for a dental crown to be placed on it.
In case your tooth falls or breaks off, a crown is placed to restore the aesthetics and function of your tooth while protecting it from further damage.
Dental crowns can be an integral part of various dental treatments aimed at replacing missing teeth, whether through traditional bridges, dental implants, implant-supported bridges, etc. A missing tooth can be replaced with a crown placed on top of a dental implant, where the implant functions as the anchor, just like a natural tooth’s root.
Even though Orthodontic treatment (alignment of teeth achieved with fixed/removable braces) is the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, in conditions where there is moderate mal-alignment or orthodontic treatment is not a feasible option, a crown or a set of crowns can be used to achieve a cosmetic smile, albeit an invasive option.
Placing dental crowns in children with hereditary dental malformations like Incisor-Molar Hypoplasia is a necessity, as molars (most posterior teeth) and incisors (front teeth) become naturally more susceptible to tooth decay and fracture. In this case, a stainless-steel crown for the molars is advised to protect the tooth until your child reaches complete growth, after which a more definitive treatment can be planned. Another instance would be when a child has tooth decay that is too extensive to be treated with a filling, therefore it is covered with a stainless steel crown.
The process of getting a dental crown generally involves two visits to the dentist. During the initial visit, our dentist will assess your tooth, treat any infection if needed (which might include a root canal treatment) and prepare your tooth for the crown.
We’ll carefully prepare the tooth by trimming a bit of its structure to create space for the crown. Our dentists will take an impression of your tooth to craft your custom crown with meticulous attention to detail. You will receive a temporary crown to maintain your smile’s appearance while waiting for the permanent crown, which usually takes a few days.
When your custom crown is ready, our dentist will check its fit, make necessary adjustments and then cement it in place. You’ll leave our clinic with a brand new tooth that looks and functions just like your natural one!
Crowns are a relatively moderate investment in restoring a damaged or weakened tooth in comparison to a dental bridge or even an implant. The consequences of not getting a crown when needed may result in an even more expensive outcome! Here’s why:
Due to various reasons, your tooth might get damaged to a degree that it seems impractical to restore it. You could end up needing to extract it, leading to higher investment in replacing the lost tooth through an implant or a dental bridge, the latter of which is essentially three crowns used to replace one tooth, thus thrice the cost of a crown!
If a missing tooth is not replaced in time, it can result in the tilting of adjacent teeth causing a large, triangular spacing between those teeth, wherein no artificial tooth or implant can be placed due to the lost space. It additionally causes the opposing tooth to gradually move out of its socket when not engaged in a bite with the opposite jaw, resulting in loss of gum and bone support for the tooth. This entire occlusal or ‘bite’ imbalance in an otherwise healthy dentition can negatively affect the overall health of your gums and jawbone, increasing your eventual dental treatment cost.
When a tooth is cracked, chipped or broken, a crown can effectively rebuild its shape and structure. Dental crowns enhance the appearance but also ensure proper biting and chewing without the risk of your tooth cracking further.
Following a root canal treatment, the tooth’s interior is hollowed out to remove infected or damaged tissue. A crown is often placed over the treated tooth to seal it, reinforce its strength and prevent future infections.
Maintenance of your crown is the same as with your natural teet hand includes brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and using a mouthwash.
Over time, the cement used to fix a crown on top of the tooth or your dental implant may wear off. This is no cause for concern; just visit us so we can fix it immediately to prevent any undesirable damage to the underlying tooth or gums. If your crown falls off due to excess load, keep it safe and visit us as soon as possible so we can cement it back.
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The cost of a dental crown can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the treatment and if any additional treatments are required before getting your crown. It’s essential to consult with one of our dentists for an accurate cost based on your specific needs and condition.
At Wyndham Dental, we pride ourselves on delivering a positive dental experience, which is why our friendly staff ensures your comfort from the moment you step into our clinic. Our skilled team of dentists, specialising in dental crowns have successfully treated numerous patients in Werribee and surrounding suburbs with the utmost precision and care.