When Do You Need a Dental Crown?
There are a number of situations where a dental crown, often called a dental cap too, can help to restore a tooth. Bear in mind The Dental Family Beaumaris will always recommend exactly what’s right for your teeth. In an appointment with one of our Bayside dentists we’ll go over all the treatment options available to you, and decide on what suits your needs and budget best. Some instances where we might feel dental crowns are a good option could include:
- Weak Tooth: If one of your teeth is weak a dental cap can be placed over it to offer protection. Weak teeth are normally the result of dental decay.
- Cracked Tooth: A physical blow to the mouth, clenching/grinding or inadvertent biting down hard on a hard piece of food can crack or chip teeth and cause discomfort or affect your self confidence. A dental crown can help hold together parts of a cracked tooth and prevent it from breaking up further.
- Discolored Teeth: Similarly, if you have a tooth that’s stained or blemished, the crown can mask this and improve aesthetics.
- Dental implants need a crown to complete the job to restore the lost tooth.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
The lifespan of your dental crowns depends on a number of factors, but the scientific literature says on average it’s 15 years. In order to prolong their life it’s essential you follow good dental hygiene routines, and avoid things like grinding your teeth or using your teeth to open plastic packaging. Good hygiene practices include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day;
- Avoid hard foods like chewing ice;
- Cleaning between your teeth daily;
- Visiting your dentist regularly for scale and polishes and checkups.
What are Dental Crowns Made Of?
There are a number of different materials that a dentist could use to make up your crown. These include:
Gold: Gold crowns are durable and resistant, able to withstand years of biting and chewing. They last longer than other crowns, but are the most expensive and don’t match your natural teeth colour. Therefore, they would only ever be considered at the very back of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to metal: These are crowns with metal on the inside and porcelain baked onto the outside. The metal gives the crown strength and the porcelain gives the crown the aesthetics, by being able to be colour matched to your natural teeth. This way you get the best of both worlds – strength and aesthetics, meaning they can be used on front teeth and back teeth.
All-Ceramic dental crowns: These crowns don’t use any metal which means it gives the best aesthetic results, with the trade off of not being as strong. Traditionally, this meant that these crowns didn’t last as long and had more limited use on front teeth only. With the latest technology, zirconia is an all-ceramic material that today is overcoming that strength problem without compromising the ultimate aesthetics. They can be used on the front and some back teeth.
Our Bayside family dental clinic relies on the most advanced dental techniques. Whatever procedure we recommend, you can rest assured it will be performed to the highest of dental standards. Not all crowns are made equal. We don’t take shortcuts by sending our laboratory work overseas, meaning we can control the quality of the crown you get.
If you’re looking for a dental crown The Dental Family Beaumaris can answer your questions about the procedure. Please get in touch with a member of our friendly Bayside dental team today. We look forward to helping you get started on a journey back to optimum oral health and self confidence.