Are any of your teeth weak or damaged?
We can restore them with porcelain crowns.
If you need to repair, strengthen or protect a tooth, talk to our dentists in Melbourne about dental crowns. Made from natural-looking porcelain, crowns can restore the physical structure of your teeth as well as their appearance. Once cemented into place, they’ll look and feel just like the rest of your teeth.
When you make an appointment for a porcelain crown at Freedom Dental, we can usually fit your new crowns in just two visits.
We’ll make sure you know exactly what’s involved in this treatment so you can make an informed decision about your oral health. Keep reading for further information about crowns.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is a cap fitted over an existing tooth to restore its original appearance and function. At Freedom Dental, we offer patients a choice of either a porcelain jacket crown (PJC), made from ceramic, or a porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown.
A crown is as strong as your natural tooth enamel, has a similar translucent look, and can be colour-matched to your other teeth for a more natural-looking finish.
We’ll make sure you know what’s involved in the crown procedure and what the risks are, so you can be sure you’re making the right choice.
When is a crown used?
We may recommend a crown:
- to restore a damaged or worn tooth
- to strengthen a weakened tooth
- to cover a misshapen or discoloured tooth
- to extend the length of a short tooth
- to cover a dental implant or large filling
- to strengthen your tooth following a root canal
- to support both sides of a dental bridge
Crowns can also be used to strengthen children’s teeth that may be at high risk of decay. We’ll discuss the most suitable type of crown for your needs during your appointment.
What does treatment for crowns involve?
Fitting your new porcelain crown takes two visits to our dental clinic. We work only with the best dental labs in Melbourne, which provide custom shading on crowns for your teeth.
We’ll first carry out a full examination of your oral health before deciding whether a crown is needed. This involves the use of x-rays, both to check the health of your teeth and to check whether the roots are strong enough to support a crown.
Using local anaesthesia to numb any pain, we’ll prepare your tooth for the crown, either by reducing its size or building it up in the case of a badly damaged tooth. We’ll then take a detailed digital impression of your mouth that acts as a guide when sculpting your custom crown for a perfect fit.
We can produce standard crowns on-site in our internal dental lab, while premium crowns are sent to be manufactured at an external lab in Australia. Your porcelain crown will be custom-made and shaded to fit in with the rest of your teeth in time for your next visit.
We’ll place a temporary crown over the treated tooth to protect it before your next appointment. You should try to avoid hard, crunchy, chewy and sticky foods while this temporary crown is in place, and try to eat on the other side of your mouth.
When your new crown’s ready, we’ll check that it’s the right fit and shade before removing the temporary crown and cementing the porcelain crown in place.
You can resume your normal activities on the same day, but you may feel some discomfort when eating or cleaning your teeth for the next few days. We advise avoiding overly hot or cold food and drink that could cause your treated tooth to feel sensitive and favouring the other side of your mouth when eating. This discomfort should go away after several days.
How do I care for my crown?
When we fit your porcelain crown, we’ll offer advice on how to best look after it and reduce the risk of it getting damaged or dislodged.
While you don’t need to avoid hard and crunchy foods like you would for some other types of crowns, your porcelain crown isn’t indestructible. We recommend you avoid putting unnecessary strain on your crown and your teeth by biting your nails, chewing pencils, crunching ice, opening packaging with your teeth or grinding or clenching your teeth or jaw.
While your crown may be immune from decay, the tooth underneath isn’t. Crowned teeth need to be brushed and flossed just as thoroughly as your other teeth to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
How long do crowns last?
When you take good care of your crown by following good oral hygiene, it should last for many years. Porcelain crowns are much stronger than some other types of crowns and have been known to last for decades – so with proper care, your new crown may never need to be replaced.
If your crown comes loose, you should make an appointment with your dentist to have it reattached as soon as possible, or it could get lost and leave your mouth vulnerable to bacteria until a replacement can be fitted.
What are the risks?
Placing a crown is one of the most common dental procedures, and our dentists at Freedom Dental have a great deal of experience fitting crowns for various needs. However, we’ll make sure you know all the possible risks and complications before you decide to go through with the treatment.
Once a crown is fitted, the tooth underneath can sometimes feel more sensitive to heat and cold than usual. If this lasts longer than a few days, you should contact us as there may be an inflamed nerve inside the tooth.
If you feel pain when eating with a crowned tooth, this could mean that the crown has been improperly placed and needs to be corrected by our dentists.