What is a dental crown?
A crown is one of the most effective options available when attempting to save a tooth which needs added strength and security. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain (combined with a strengthening metal) or pure ceramic porcelain.
In each case, the materials are composed in a way which enables high durability. Where ceramic materials such as porcelain are used, the effect is overwhelmingly natural in appearance.
Constructed like a cap, the crown serves to protect the underlying surface and structure of the tooth
Dental crowns are often used following root canal treatments. Where root canal treatment has been conducted to save a tooth, the placement of a crown provides improved functionality and appearance.
In more severe cases, we can offer additional treatment for tooth loss and damage by employing the use of a bridge in conjunction with a crown. To best determine which type of crown you need, we will need to perform a thorough assessment of your teeth, your bite and your smile.
We also offer dental implants to replace missing or severely damaged teeth.
Types of crowns
There are five different types of dental crowns available including:
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Metal crowns and gold alloys
- Stainless steel crowns
- Cosmetic crowns (ceramic)
- All-resin crowns
Ensure you consult with your dentist what the practice offers, and which crown will suit you best.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge restores a missing tooth or multiple teeth, by ‘bridging’ the gap with an artificial replacement composed from the same material as that of a crown.
For placement of the bridge, a crown is employed as a supporting feature and positioned on the teeth either side of the area of tooth loss. This acts as a bridge to stabilise and anchor the bridge in place, closing the gap in the process.
As with crowns, bridges are designed to complement your tooth’s natural colour and composition. Bridges could be considered less invasive and simpler to treat patients with compared to dental implants, and often prove more comfortable than dentures.
Veneers vs Crowns
Veneers and crowns are both dental restoration methods that can aid the function and look of your teeth.
If your tooth has a large filling, a root canal or is very worn or cracked, it is recommended to look into the crown treatment. While if your tooth is intact and the restoration is purely for cosmetic reasons, a veneer may be the best option for you.
Dental crowns and bridges Brisbane CBD
Dental crowns and bridges can last for decades depending on how well you look after your oral health. The tooth protected by the dental crown is still susceptible to gum disease so it is important you attend regular dental check-ups.
When you visit Dental Pearls in Brisbane, we will assess your oral health and determine the best course of action for you.
For any further information about the range of treatments that we have to offer, or to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us. A member of our friendly team will do their best to help you.
The method of mending a chipped tooth will depend on the severity of the damage. We will first evaluate how deep the damage goes and whether the chip has caused nerve injury or damage. If you’ve only suffered a chip, we’ll restore the appearance of the tooth with a tooth-coloured filling. If there is nerve damage, we’ll carry out a root canal and place a crown on the tooth.
Yes, a chipped tooth needs to be repaired as soon as possible. When the tooth gets broken in any way, it weakens the protective top layer of your teeth (enamel) which means the tooth is more prone to damage. If a chipped tooth doesn’t get treated it can also lead to serious dental infections.