A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap which completely covers the existing damaged or broken tooth. They are fitted over your natural teeth and are the same size, shape and colour.
Dental crowns are commonly placed to treat various issues in dentistry. If your dentist recommends a crown for one or more of your teeth, it's important that you understand what they are, how they help, and how to best look after them.
What are crowns?
A dental crown is a custom made tooth-shaped cap which covers the entire tooth’s surface – not just the top of it. It is essentially a hollow tooth that sits over your existing tooth, fitting like a glove and looking just like a natural tooth.
Once your dentist has placed your custom made crown, it will look, feel, and work just like a normal tooth, so you will quickly forget that it's there.
At Adelaide Smile Centre, we provide our patients with same-day crowns, using CEREC (Ceramic Reconstruction) technology. This technology allows your dentist to prepare and scan the tooth to be crowned, then electronically send the scan to our in-house CEREC milling machine which will produce the custom made crown in one visit. This one appointment will take 60-90 minutes. To find out more about CEREC, please visit www.onlyonevisit.com.
Additionally, when one or more teeth have been lost, a dental bridge can be placed to fill the gap. The missing teeth are replaced by individual crowns which are also anchored by crowns on existing healthy teeth at each end of the gap.
Why might you need a crown?
Crowns need to be placed for many reasons. Generally, a crown is used when a tooth is damaged in some way, but can still be saved. The crown will be placed on this tooth to make it fully functional, therefore restoring its size, shape, strength and appearance.
Common reasons for requiring a dental crown include:
- after root canal treatment
- large multi-surface restorations
- broken teeth and loss of tooth structure
- brittle or prone to fracture
- hairline fractures
How do you look after a crown?
A dental crown can last a lifetime. However, you need to look after it as best you can to ensure its longevity.
You can brush and floss around your crown the same way as you would your natural teeth. This means brushing gently twice a day and flossing to remove any plaque and food debris in between. You will also need to maintain regular dental visits, during which your care provider will assess the crown to ensure it’s still in good condition.
For further information or to book an appointment, please contact our friendly Front Office Coordinators on 8347 2222.