Our teeth are designed to be strong and sturdy. Obviously, the primary function of our teeth is to enable us to chew our food to break it down to assist with digestion, but of course teeth are also all about aesthetics.
For many people, the perfect smile is encapsulated with a set of vibrant, white, straight, and healthy looking teeth. The problem is that keeping the teeth white can be difficult, plus of course, our teeth can become damaged for a whole host of reasons. Whether your teeth are cracked, broken, chipped, decayed, or anything else, if you’re not happy with their appearance, a dental crown could be the solution.
At Tuart Hill Dental Perth, our dentists are trained and highly experienced in providing all manner of dental treatments and procedures, particularly when it comes to dental crowns. If you’re in the Perth area and are in need of a dental crown, our friendly dentists can have your teeth looking their best in no time at all.
What are dental crowns?
As we’re talking about dental crowns Perth, it makes sense to begin by looking at precisely what dental crowns actually are.
Dental crowns are basically protective caps that are placed over the top of teeth which have been damaged or broken. They’re designed to not only help improve the aesthetics of your teeth and give them more of a natural look, but they are also there to help protect the damaged teeth as well.
Basically, these tooth-shaped caps sit over the top of damaged teeth, almost like a hat for your teeth.
Dental crowns can be made from a whole host of different materials though porcelain, zirconia, ceramic, and composite resin are considered to be the most common.
When do you need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are fairly easy to fit, and the procedure is no way near as invasive as a more complex dental procedure such as dental implants.
If you are considering a dental crown, it’s worth knowing when the perfect time to undergo a dental crown Perth procedure actually is. If your teeth are cracked, chipped, or damaged, you will likely need a dental crown, not only to improve the appearance of your teeth, but also to help protect them.
What do dental crowns help with?
There are many different advantages associated with dental crowns, and while we won’t list every single one, we will go over some of the most prominent benefits.
Here’s a look at what dental crowns can help with.
Increase the strength of teeth
When people think of dental crowns, they tend to focus on the aesthetics, and while dental crowns do indeed improve the appearance of a tooth, they also help to increase the strength as well.
Dental crowns help to reinforce teeth, making them stronger for chewing and reducing the risk of further damage, especially when chewing harder foods.
Improve the appearance of teeth
Another fantastic benefit of dental crowns is the fact that they can improve the appearance of your teeth.
If you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, you may find it unsightly and you may find that it makes you self-conscious. If so, a dental crown can help as it is designed to look natural and to resemble the appearance of a healthy tooth and to blend in with your existing teeth.
Keep dental bridges in place
If you have a dental bridge to bridge a gap between teeth in your mouth, dental crowns can be very useful because not only do they look natural, they can also help to keep dental bridges held firmly in place.
Long lasting solution
Dental crowns Perth treatments are also very popular because dental crowns provide a long lasting solution, as, depending on the material used for the crown, you can expect your crown to last up to 15 – 20 years.
Our dental crown process
If you are looking into the possibility of having a dental crown/crowns fitted, here’s a brief overview of what the process will entail from start to finish.
Consultation and examination
To begin with, the first step in having a dental crown/crowns fitted is simply to visit us here at Tuart Hill Dental Perth and undergo an examination and consultation.
Here, your dentist will examine the tooth that will be receiving the crown and will perform an X-ray of the tooth, as well as the bone around it, and the surrounding area to ensure everything is in order.
During this phase, your dentist may first need to carry out a root canal procedure if there are any signs of tooth decay or infection, or injury to the dental pulp inside the tooth.
During this phase, the tooth that the crown will be covering will be filed down across the sides and the top. This is to allow space for the crown to be fitted. Obviously the amount of tooth that needs filing away will depend on the size of the crown that it is receiving.
Now, your dentist will use a special material to make an impression of your tooth, along with impressions of the teeth above and below the crown, just to ensure that it won’t affect your bite.
Now, these impressions will be sent to the lab to make the dental crowns themselves. This process usually takes a couple of weeks at least. Before your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will fit a temporary crown just to keep the tooth/teeth safe.
During this phase, your shiny new permanent dental crown will be ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and will examine your new one to ensure it looks natural. If it does, your dentist will fit your crown and you’ll be all set for years to come.
Book your dental crown with us today
Dental crowns are a great way to protect the teeth and improve their appearance at the same time, without the need to undergo invasive surgical procedures, or spend a fortune in the process.
Our dental crowns Perth experts here at Tuart Hill Dental Perth, carry out dental crown procedures every single week, and are highly skilled and highly experienced so you can rest assured that you and your teeth are in very safe hands.
Dental crowns Perth - FAQs
How much do dental crowns cost in Perth?
We can’t give you a definitive answer to this question because it all depends on what kind of material your dental crown is going to be made of in the first place. To give you a rough idea however, you can expect to pay around $1,500 - $4,000.
Which dental crown is cheapest?
We understand that times are tough economically at the moment, and because of this you may be looking to make savings here and there.
If you do require a dental crown but want to save money in the process, you’ll generally find that resin crowns are the most inexpensive and the most affordable. The only downside is that they are more brittle and so they’re likely to wear down quicker than more expensive crowns.
How long do dental crowns last?
Again, it all depends on the material used for your dental crowns Perth but, generally speaking, your dental crowns will last anything from 5 years to 20 years.
An all-resin crown will likely begin to wear down after 5 – 7 years, whereas with proper maintenance and good oral hygiene, a pressed ceramic crown could last 15 – 20 years.
Which crown is the best to have?
If you can afford it, most dentists and oral hygiene experts agree that pressed ceramic or porcelain crowns are the best to have. Not only do these look the best as they look natural, they also have a more natural feel, plus they are strong and will last a long time as well.
Is it painful to get a dental crown fitted?
No. Dental crowns are typically cemented in place over the top of existing teeth, so the process is not painful at all.
If however, your dentist finds signs of infection or damage to the dental pulp inside the tooth, a root canal procedure may be required, which could be slightly painful and would call for the use of anaesthetic.
What is the difference between a crown and a cap for the front teeth?
People often get dental caps and crowns mixed up with one another when, in all honesty, there is no difference between them at all.
What looks better? Crowns or veneers?
In all honesty, both crowns and veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth. The main difference between veneers and crowns, however, is that veneers are designed primarily for aesthetics whereas crowns are designed primarily for protection.
Can a crown be repaired?
Some crowns can be repaired, yes. If a crown is made from porcelain and sustains a chip or thin crack, a resin which matches the colour of the crown and the teeth can be used to seal the cracks/damage.
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