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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are fixed to the outer surface of the tooth to restore shape, strength, function and appearance. They encase a tooth that has been badly damaged or decayed and are cemented on to the surface of the teeth. Since dental crowns cover the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made out of porcelain, zirconia (a very hard ceramic), metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both.

Your dentist may prescribe a crown to you to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

How does the treatment work?

Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth with a local anaesthetic. The tooth will be filed down, and an impression of it taken, to construct your crown to exact specifications. The crown is then cemented into place. There is little discomfort associated with getting a crown.

Crowns are made of extremely durable materials, yet are still subject to decay and daily wear and tear. Maintaining a good oral health routine will keep your crown healthy for as long as possible.

The type and shade of crown your dentist recommends will depend on the tooth involved and on your own personal preference. To find out more about crowns and book an appointment, contact your local Smiles Dental clinic. For more information about the treatments available and price lists at Smiles Dental, please click here.

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