If you want to know everything there is to know about dental crown treatment in Brisbane then you’ll LOVE this guide. Let’s dive right in.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.
Dental crowns often provide support when the health of a tooth or the tooth itself has become weak.
Some causes of weak teeth that may require a dental crown procedure include decay, losing a filling, a fracture/crack from an accident or undergoing root canal therapy.
Dental crown installation enables restoration of the natural function of your teeth while enhancing the appearance of your smile. A crown is most often used for rehabilitative surgery. However, we are seeing more and more people choose them in cosmetic dental procedures to enhance their smile.
How does it work?
By strengthening the tooth with a crown we can stop the progressive weakening of the tooth and enhance the natural ability and appearance of the tooth.
Modern crowns are made of a variety of materials depending on the application and are inarguably beneficial to dental health by preventing long-term complications or complete loss of the tooth.
Dental crowns can also be used to enhance the physical appearance of a smile by removing gaps, discoloration and misshapen teeth.
What are the main advantages of Dental Crowns?
Crowns are the strongest possible solution for damaged and/or weak teeth and if installed correctly should provide long lasting natural function.
They are made to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth or can be used to cosmetically enhance your smile.
Why do I need a Dental Crown?
There are many reasons why you may need one or more dental crowns.
It’s also important to know that we always recommend treatment as soon as possible if dealing with a weak or decayed tooth as late treatment may require more expensive treatment options such as dental implant surgery to prevent bone loss.
Some common reasons for dental crown solutions are:
Broken tooth due to decay
Severely damaged tooth due to decay
Misshapen, infected, cracked or unsightly tooth or teeth
Discoloured tooth or teeth
Root canal treatment
Excessive wear and tear of tooth
Large filling required
No matter what your reasons are for looking at dental crown solutions it’s important you seek professional advice. A professional dentist will be able to offer you expert advice and options that you may not be aware of.
This is why we give you a no obligation free consultation. Our free consultation will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Even if you don’t decide to go ahead with your treatment you’ll have gained valuable insight into your options and an idea of what your new smile might look like with our new 3d technology.
What is Dental Crown Preparation?
Before a tooth can be fitted with a crown, it must be ‘prepared’ to fit the crown.
Depending on the material used, the tooth will have to be modified by removing some of the tooth or built up to support the crown in cases of missing, chipped, decayed or implant restorations.
What’s involved in a Dental Crown Procedure?
Dental crown procedures can vary depending on the situation but generally, most dental crown treatments will follow these 5 stages:
A digital image is taken of your existing teeth to get a proper colour match of your tooth so your new crown matches the colour of your natural teeth.
Dental Crown Preparation
The tooth is either reduced in size by 0.5mm to 1.5mm or a build up material is layered on the natural tooth to replace significant tooth density if the tooth is smaller than normal.
Mould of Teeth Taken
A mould is taken of both upper and lower teeth then sent off to a laboratory where the crown is custom made for your tooth.
Temporary Dental Crown Placed
A temporary dental crown is placed on your tooth until the final custom colour matched tooth is ready to be installed.
Final Crown Placed and Adjusted
After the custom crown is received the crown is fitted and then adjusted to your bite exactly. After this, a special cement adhesive is used to secure the crown and ensure a perfect long lasting fit.
Temporary Dental Crowns
Temporary crowns can be made of either a chemical cure composite or an aluminium crown form.
The main function of a temporary crown is to protect the tooth, prevent teeth shifting, provide cosmetics, shape the gum tissue properly, and prevent sensitivity.
A temporary crown will be cemented with a soft temporary dental cement to allow for easy removal when changing to your custom permanent crown.
Are there different dental crown types?
Depending on the positioning, application and condition of the tooth, different materials can be used to achieve the right treatment. We usually work with three major types of crown listed below.
Metal dental crown
Normally placed on teeth that cannot be seen and where the utmost strength is required. They can be made from different materials but we choose either cast gold alloy or milled titanium.
Porcelain bonded dental crown
The most commonly used crown. They are excellent for back teeth but are not used as often on front teeth. They combine good strength and durability with a natural look.
Ceramic dental crown
A newer material that looks superior to traditional and porcelain crowns. Ceramic crowns are more biocompatible with the body meaning a greater lifespan and less chance of complication.
The benefits of dental crowns are:
Reduces the chance of the tooth breaking or splitting due to decay
Holds together severely cracked or broken teeth
Protects worn teeth
Anchors dental bridges to increase bite strength and align teeth
Masks tooth discoloration or staining
Fixes misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks and fractures
Fortifies teeth against sensitivity, aches or soreness
Is a minimally invasive procedure and relatively straightforward
Typically has a long lifespan with minimal complications
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns
How much do dental crowns cost and do you offer a discount?
We don’t offer a discount for dental crown treatments as pricing varies depending on the crown material used, treatment and your health insurance provider. However, we ensure you will pay the lowest possible price for your treatment based on your requirements. That’s why we offer a no obligation free consultation so you know the exact out of pocket expense for your treatment.
Are dental crowns covered by health insurance?
If you have private health insurance that covers ‘Major Dental’ then you are eligible to receive the annual limit for dental crowns. This is generally in the range of $500 to $1,500 depending on the procedure performed and your level of cover, and will cover most of the dental crown work.
Does St Lucia Dental have a dental crown warranty or guarantee?
Absolutely. St Lucia Dental guarantees dental crowns from our practice for a period of five years from the date of insertion with the terms and conditions listed below.
Terms and Conditions:
If a crown provided by St Lucia Dental requires replacement within five years and the tooth is still saveable – we will replace this at no charge. The life expectancy of dental crowns is largely dependent on patient oral hygiene, routine hygiene and dental check-up appointments, and damage from grinding. The five-year warranty is valid only if six monthly check-up and hygiene visits are attended and night splints are worn (where recommended).
If in doubt or for more information call us to get your no obligation free consultation.
Are there any risks associated with dental crown procedures?
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
I’m interested in more information about dental crowns in Brisbane, what should I do next?
Hopefully, we’ve provided you with enough information to take the first step but if not we can answer all your questions in your first free consultation. Call us on the number below or email us to arrange your no obligation free consultation. A dentist will analyse your teeth and mouth. They’ll then work with you to create a plan and timetable for your treatment. If you feel good about the plan, treatment can begin immediately. If not, you’ve gained valuable information and lost nothing in the process.