Dental crowns are restorations that cover the entire tooth structure. Also called a cap, dental crowns provide solutions to a number of oral health and aesthetic concerns.
- Repair broken, cracked or chipped teeth
- Provide an anchor for dental bridges
- Address aesthetic concerns
- Restore length to worn teeth
- Correct bite-related issues
- Cover dental implants
Dental crowns are available in various materials including porcelain, porcelain and metal blends, and full gold crowns. Winston Hills dentist Dr Martina Lavery will discuss the benefits of each so you can make an informed choice.
What to Expect during the Dental Crown Procedure
Dr Lavery is skilled at delivering anaesthetic comfortably, which is part of our commitment to comfortable dentistry. Her kind nature and gentle approach make dentistry a positive experience for our Hills District community.
When placing a crown, the procedure is similar whether you are receiving a single-unit crown or a bridge. Dr Lavery will prepare the tooth by removing decay as well as any damaged or unstable tooth structure. She will then take an impression of your teeth for the precise design of your crown.
We will place a temporary crown to protect your damaged tooth while our local dental lab makes your final restoration. Once we receive your completed restoration, Dr Lavery will bond it to your tooth.
For dental implants, no tooth preparation is required since your crown will attach directly to the implant or custom abutment. The crown will still match your smile, as Dr Lavery will ensure that the colour and shape complement your other teeth.
Dental crowns, placed on one or more healthy adjacent teeth, suspend an artificial tooth in place to ‘bridge the gap’ in your smile.
Aesthetic Dental Crowns
Shortened or worn teeth benefit from dental crowns in a couple ways – not only for improvement in the appearance of the teeth, but also from the reduction of the sensitivity that occurs when dentin is exposed.
Crowns are also beneficial in covering severely stained and discoloured teeth or teeth with an irregular appearance.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
A long-term clenching and grinding habit, called bruxism, will result in uneven or severely worn teeth that impact your ability to chew and can also lead to temporomandibular jaw joint dysfunction, called TMD. TMD often causes clicking and locking jaw joints, muscle soreness, and headaches.
Rebuilding the teeth with dental crowns can restore normal function. Dr Lavery will sometimes advise the use of a night guard to protect your new smile from continued grinding.
Dental Crowns Can Improve Smiles
We welcome you to get in touch with our Hills District dental clinic to arrange a consultation to learn more about how dental crowns can improve the comfort and function of your teeth. Modern dentistry makes it possible for even severely worn smiles to become comfortable and lovely again.