A dental crown is an artificial tooth or cap, which covers a tooth weakened by decay.
A dental crown could be necessary for a number of reasons, for instance: You may wish to improve the appearance of a discoloured or misshaped tooth. You may have had root canal treatment which will need a crown to protect it from breaking. You may also use the crown to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns cover over and encase your tooth on which they are cemented. Crowns are used to rebuild broken or decayed teeth, as a way to strengthen teeth and as method to improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. Crowns are made in a dental laboratory by a dental technician who uses moulds or scans of your teeth made by us. Tooth Crusader only uses local Sydney dental laboratory with master ceramicists to ensure you have the best smile possible. At no point will we ever send your dental work to China, Korea or India.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is an appliance permanently fixed in your mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses your remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth. A conventional fixed bridge consists of crowns that are fixed to the teeth on either side of the missing teeth and false teeth are rigidly attached to these crowns. An enamel bonded bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework, to which the artificial teeth are attached, then bonded to supporting teeth.
Are there different types of crowns?
Yes, the type of crown Dr Kelly Tse recommends will depend on the tooth involved and on your preference. Choices include porcelain crowns, porcelain-bonded-to-metal crowns, which combine the appearance of tooth coloured material with the strength of metal, gold alloy crowns and acrylic crowns.
Why are crowns more expensive then fillings?
A crown is more complicated than a filling. Laboratory fees are incurred in its preparation and the materials used are more expensive than normal filling materials. Two or three visits are usually required for Dr Kelly Tse to reduce the size of the existing tooth, make a mould or take a scan, fit a temporary crown and finally adhere the permanent crown in place.