A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap (AKA dental cap). It is placed over the visible part of the tooth to restore and protect a decayed, chipped or worn-down tooth. In many cases, a dental crown can help extend the life of your natural tooth. Dental crowns can also be used as support for a dental bridge — to replace missing teeth. In this case dental crowns are placed over the teeth at either side of the gap. They are used to provide extra support for the teeth bridge.
Dental crowns have many uses including:
Signs you might need a dental crown include:
If you have severe pain, you may have a dental emergency on your hands. Give us a buzz on 02 9361 4044. We set aside 1-hour appointments for this very reason—to get you out of pain and back smiling again in a flash!
Dental crowns can be made from ceramic, porcelain, zirconia, gold, or a combination of porcelain and metal. Here at Dentistry At The Cross, we use porcelain crowns. Porcelain is strong and durable and can be more cost-effective than other materials. If you take good care of your porcelain crown (care for crowns in the same way you would your natural teeth), it can last 10+ years.
The average lifespan of a dental bridge is 10+ years as well. Taking proper care of your tooth crown or bridge and having regular dental check-ups can help prolong its life.
There’s no denying that dental crowns are a fantastic invention. But, as with most things, there are pros and cons. Here’s a brief look at the main advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns.
Great question! After all, both veneers and dental crowns can be used as a cosmetic treatment to improve the look of teeth. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that’s bonded to the front of the tooth. Whereas, a dental crown is placed snugly over the entire tooth. Veneers require less of the natural tooth structure to be removed. In other words, less prep and a less invasive procedure. Wondering how you know which option is right for you? Come chat with us. We’ll assess your teeth and let you know all your options, so you can make an informed choice.
You’re absolutely right; a quick Google search will show you that the price of dental crowns in Australia differs. This is because there are several factors that can impact the cost for a dental crown including:
At Dentistry At The Cross, we don’t want to see anyone delay treatment because of the cost. After all, putting off treatment now can put added pressure on your wallet later. This is why we offer a range of flexible payment solutions. (Yes, even interest-free ones!)