What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is like a crash helmet or a protective dome that is fitted onto your teeth. It is most commonly made of either gold, ceramic/metal alloy or ceramics by itself. With the advancement of technology, ceramics that we use nowadays are very strong and yet appear very natural.
Why do I need a dental crown?
The common indications for crowns include cracked, broken or worn teeth as well as teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. The benefit of a crown includes protection of the underlying tooth structure as well as to improve overall aesthetics. The latter is important for those that are interested in improving their smile.
There are many different kinds of crowns- half-crowns, 3/4 crowns or full crowns- Each is used depending on the clinical situation. The benefit of doing half-crowns and 3/4 crowns as opposed to traditional full crowns is to preserve natural tooth structure. However, half-crowns or 3/4 crowns are more technique sensitive to perform, oftentimes requiring very complicated methods.
How do I get a dental crown?
A crown procedure is often done over two appointments, the first is to prepare the tooth or teeth to receive a crown. You will walk away from this appointment with a temporary crown which will protect the tooth while the real crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory. The second appointment is when we swap the temporary crown for the real crown.
We can help
Though our dentists are located in Bentleigh East, we service all of Melbourne and Bayside including surrounding suburbs such as Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Bentleigh, Heatherton and many more. Call us today to speak to our friendly team on 03 9570 7962 or read more here!