Crowns

A crown is a hollow cap that fits over a specially prepared tooth and is cemented in place. Crowns may be fitted on front or back teeth.

 

There are several possible reasons for your dentist to suggest a crown, such as:

  • Cracked tooth.
  • Significant loss of tooth structure due to decay or trauma.
  • Teeth that have had root canal treatment generally should be crowned, as they are more brittle.
  • Cosmetic reasons

A porcelain crown performs several functions:

  • It restores the shape and size of a tooth that has lost its structure.
  • It contributes to efficient chewing because it is made to meet the opposing tooth correctly.
  • It improves the appearance of the tooth.
  • It protects the tooth from chewing forces, and so prevents the tooth from cracking or chipping.

 If you would like to find out more about getting a tooth crowned, call us on 3632 8100 or book online now.

 

What happens after I have my crown
placed?

  • The cement, or glue, that is used to secure your crown needs approximately 24 hours to fully harden.
  • For the first 24 hours after your crown is placed, you need to avoid sticky foods like minties, fantales, toffee and chewing gum.
  • After the first day, you can treat your crown as you would any other tooth.

What is involved in getting a crown?
Having a crown placed is usually a two step process.

1st Stage: Crown preparation and Impression

  • Your dentist will us local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and gum, making the entire procedure completely painless.
  • The tooth must be filed down on all sides to make space for the crown. Your dentist will create approximately 2mm of clearance between the tooth being crowned and it’s opposing tooth.
  • Depending on the original state of the tooth, your dentist may need to place posts or build up the core of the tooth at this appointment.
  • Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will take an
    impression (mould). This is sent to the laboratory that will make your crown.
  • We also use this appointment to determine exactly what shade of white to make your crown, ensuring it looks as natural as possible.
  • A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it while we wait for your permanent crown to be fabricated.


2nd Stage: Crown Insertion

  • Your dentist will remove your temporary crown and clean the tooth.
  • Your permanent crown will be cemented into place.
  • The cement (glue) used to secure the crown takes approximately 24 hours to fully set, so for the first day, you must be careful to avoid sticky foods like toffee, chewy lollies, chewing gum.

After the initial 24 hour period, you can treat your new crown just as you would any other tooth.