It is a one-piece structure that sits over the tooth providing structural integrity and has the outward appearance of a tooth.
Crowns today are made from a variety of differing substances. Selection of a particular type of crown should be based upon factors such as function, strength and aesthetics. All-ceramic tooth crowns are the restoration of choice for cosmetic dentistry because they have translucence similar to that of natural teeth enabling a very desirable effect.
Dental crown treatment is designed to restore the tooth structure when there is any damage like chips, cracks or any component of the tooth is missing. As long as the roots of your tooth are still intact, then crowns can be engineered by our team to restore the tooth to its former glory.
There are some factors that need to be factored in during the crown fitting process. For example, if the dental decay has infiltrated the exterior enamel and reached the inner pulp, you will require a root canal to save the tooth. During a root canal, this infected pulp is removed, providing you with immediate relief from pain.
Once the pulp and the infection are removed and the tooth has been cleaned, the dental crown fitting can begin at our Melbourne clinic. By using the latest technology, our team will take a digital mould of your mouth so a personalised crown can be created to replace any missing or broken parts of the tooth.
We receive a common question: What happens when there is not enough tooth structure left to accommodate a dental crown? This depends on what structure there is to work with, but our experienced dentists can use a composite resin solution to help build the tooth up and prepare it for a dental crown.
In some cases, when there is not enough structure left to sustain a dental crown, an extraction may be required and a dental implant might be the preferred method of treatment.
Many clients come to our Melbourne clinic for a dental crown for aesthetic reasons and they are the perfect solution when you want the confidence that comes with a healthy smile. The enamel resembles a natural tooth (to the point that it even reflects light just the same as your natural teeth) while they are also shaded to match the rest of your mouth. No one will even know that you have had a procedure.
However, there are often medical reasons why dental crowns are often recommended. For example, if a tooth has become too weak because of cavities and decay, a dental crown can help restore the strength and structure, ultimately saving the tooth.
On other occasions, there could be other factors that are damaging your teeth that dental crowns can assist with. For example, if you suffer from teeth grinding that can wear away at the enamel, dental crown treatment can help repair the damage. Then our dentists can assist you with the underlying cause and help prevent grinding from causing any more damage in the future.
Dental crowns are also used as part of the implant process. If you need to replace missing teeth, a titanium implant can be inserted into your jawline and capped with a dental crown for a natural finish that has the same strength and stability as your natural teeth.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
There are a number of factors that will influence how long your dental crowns last, but because they are made from durable porcelain, you can expect that will last at least a decade. With a good oral health routine and healthy eating habits, many crowns will last up to 15 years before they need to be replaced.
Choosing the right clinic is important as well. When you choose our Melbourne clinic, you can be assured that your dental crowns will be fabricated using the latest technologies and highest quality materials which means they can last decades without the need for repairs or replacement.
Your budget will influence how long the crowns last as well. We understand that not everyone can access the best quality materials but that does not mean they do not deserve the right to a healthy and confident smile.
In those circumstances, we recommend composite resin dental crowns that will repair your teeth and look natural, but they might not last as long as porcelain solutions. Our dental team will work with you and advise on the best course of action that will also meet your budget.
A lot of clients are concerned that dental crowns will stand out for all the wrong reasons. Fortunately, when you visit our Melbourne clinic you can be assured that your dental crowns will be just as natural-looking as your real teeth.
There are a number of reasons why our dental crowns are perfectly natural. Firstly, we use the latest technologies and procedures to get the perfect scan of your mouth for the mould for your crown. The new addition to your tooth will marry up perfectly with the existing tooth structure for a seamless repair with no imperfections that will be visible when you flash your new smile.
Secondly, we use the highest quality porcelain for our dental crowns that will look like your natural teeth and act like them. Everything from how you chew your food to how the light reflects off your teeth will be identical. You will not be able to tell the difference between your repaired tooth and the rest of your smile – and neither will anyone else.
Finally, we use the best procedures to shade and match the porcelain of your new dental fitting to look identical to the rest of your teeth.
Because the dental crown fitting process is different for every individual, there is no set price. However, you can expect to pay between $1000 and $2000 per dental crown in Australia.
There are several factors that will influence this price. How badly damaged the tooth is, whether it is one of your front teeth or a rear molar, whether a root canal treatment is also required and how complicated the procedure will be. Our team of qualified dentists will always endeavour to deliver the best possible outcome for your budget.
There is also the material used for your dental crown. While porcelain is the most natural-looking and durable solution, some clients are better suited for composite resin which is still extremely natural, and durable and will restore your smile.
Dental crowns will also fall under the major dental category or your private health insurance which can help you reduce the out of pocket expenses. Our team will work with you to deliver the best and most personalised dental fitting treatment that matches your budget.
Fortunately, the recovery period from having a dental crown treatment is usually only a couple of days so you won’t need to take extensive time away from your job or life. Depending on the treatment provided, there might be some mild inflammation, irritation and soreness for a couple of weeks but this can usually be managed with warm salty water and over the counter pain-relieving medication.
This recovery period is impacted by the quality of treatment you receive. Our state-of-the-art clinic is 100 per cent hygienic and all of our dental technicians are highly qualified and experienced so you will receive the highest standards of care. This includes aftercare, so our team will be available for any questions or complications you might be experiencing.
The recovery period can also be impacted by other procedures that might be required. For example, if you require a root canal treatment to remove infection and decay in the pulp of your tooth, this could result in a more extensive recovery period.
You will be in the best hands at our Melbourne clinic and our team will always be transparent with your expected recovery period to minimise the impact on your life.
When you have damaged teeth, it can impact the health of your entire mouth. Damaged teeth impact the appearance of your smile and your confidence, but they can become magnets for bacteria and cause extensive decay, cavities and infection in your other teeth and damage and inflammation to your gums and even your your gums and even your jawbone.
A dental crown is a simple method of replacing the missing parts of a damaged tooth using a cap that is made from porcelain, composite resin or other materials. It restores the tooth to brand new condition and also drastically reduces the risk of further oral health complications.
The procedure involves technology including a 3D scan of your mouth which is used to create the perfect mould for your dental crown. A temporary crown can be fitted in place while your actual crown is being fabricated and then our dental team will apply it to your existing tooth.
It is a largely pain-free procedure that is minimally invasive and will help you achieve the perfect smile while improving your overall oral health and well-being.