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What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown treatment involves placing a ceramic cap over an existing tooth. This can be done to strengthen, repair or improve the look of the tooth. They are often used after root canal treatments to strengthen the treated tooth. When cemented into place, a crown fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

What is a Crown Used for?

Crowns are an excellent way to restore your smile as they look natural and can be used just like regular teeth. Your dentist may recommend crowns for teeth that are:

  • Discoloured
  • Fractured
  • Misshapen
  • Weak due to a root canal treatment
  • Other cosmetic reasons

Crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. They can also be used to support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t much of the natural tooth left due to tooth decay.

Types of Crowns

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials depending on the application and type of patient.

  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns – These are the most common type of crown used as they provide they look the most natural. They are generally custom made to suit the shape and colour of your other existing teeth. These crowns are durable, can be used like regular teeth and should last a lifetime.
  • Stainless steel crowns – These are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. For children, a stainless steel crown is commonly used to fit over a baby tooth to protect it from further decay. When the primary tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it. Stainless steel crowns are used for children’s teeth because they don’t require multiple dental visits to put in place, making them cost-effective and less disruptive for children
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns – Aside from all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look the most like natural teeth. However, the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can sometimes be visible, especially at the gum line. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth as well as long bridges where the metal is needed for strength.
  • All-resin dental crowns – These are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain, ceramic or metal crowns.

The process of getting a crown involves shaving the outer layer of the existing tooth down so it is small enough for the crown to be fitted over the top. Your dentist will use anaesthesia and ensure you’re comfortable so it’s an easy, painless experience.

Book a Dental Appointment Today to Get a Crown

At Mango Hill Dental, we provide a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. This includes root canal treatments and crowns that can restore your smile. Contact us today to book an appointment today at our clinic in North Lakes.