Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – Dental crowns can be fitted over an existing damaged tooth with dental cement as a “cap” to protect the tooth so that it can function as normal, or can entirely replace an extracted or lost tooth as a substitute tooth attached to a titanium implant. Sometimes crowns are fitted to improve dental health, but may also be fitted for aesthetic reasons to enhance a person’s look and smile.
A – Anyone who has a damaged, broken or lost tooth due to sports injury, accidental damage, tooth decay, tooth grinding, root canal treatment, gum disease or overall poor health, can have a dental crown fitted to either reinforce the natural tooth or to replace it as an artificial tooth.
A – There are different types of crowns depending on patient-specific procedure and materials required. Crowns can be made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain or ceramics. They can be fitted to back or front teeth, so it depends on the materials used and the teeth that the crowns will either be reinforcing or replacing. Our resident dentist will best advise you on what type of crown is suitable for your needs.
A – If you want a dental crown to resemble your natural teeth, then porcelain or ceramic crowns will meet this requirement. Porcelain crowns can also be designed with metal alloys. Some people are not concerned about having metal alloy in their mouths, so they may opt for this option to reduce costs. Others are more concerned about bio-compatible materials and may want to discuss this further with our resident dentist. Crowns made from different materials will also have varied life-spans in durability, so this is also a factor to consider. Information on the different types of crowns and what will be a better fit for you can be discussed at your examination with our resident dentist.
A – Our resident dentist initially cleans you teeth to remove any decay. Then CEREC technology is used to map your teeth structure. Dental impressions used to be made with putty but advanced technology allows for much gentler methods that serve as a basis for specification in designing custom-made crowns to suit the patient’s needs while temporary crowns are fitted.
The tooth is first prepared by removal of some of the tooth structure and enamel so that the remaining dentin is ready for the crown attachment. The amount of tooth preparation depends on the condition of the patient’s tooth but our resident dentist will attempt to preserve as much of the natural tooth enamel as possible.
The fitting of a crown can follow root canal treatment or form part of dental implant treatment. Usually, a local anaesthetic is administered for pain-free treatment as the crown is either cemented to the natural existing tooth or placed as an abutment to a titanium implant serving as a tooth root. Once you are comfortable with the shape, fit and color of your new tooth, the crown is fixed in place. Sometimes a bridge is fitted as reinforcement depending on the type of dental work required.
A – Our resident dentist will examine your teeth and take either an X-ray, CT Scan or use CEREC technology to map your tooth structure to provide you with accurate treatment. CEREC technology can be used to map your oral form, especially in the case of dental implants when a crown can be fitted over the titanium post as an artificial tooth. The specifications for the crown, whether as reinforcement to an existing tooth or as a full replacement tooth, will be provided to our dental laboratory technician who then designs and fabricates your crown ready for fitting by our resident dentist.
A – There are some risks associated with fitting of dental crowns where the existing tooth structure is removed in preparation for the new crown, however in some cases of damage or injury, removal of the natural enamel is necessary to remove decay, protect and reinforce the existing teeth. Our resident dentist will discuss your diagnosis with you at examination and will explain any risks in the procedure. The materials, technologies and procedures for fitting crowns have advanced over the years, and methods have become well-established. Any concerns that you have will be addressed and feel free to bring your questions with you.
A – Whether the crown is being fitted as a support structure forming part of your natural tooth or as a full substitute tooth after tooth loss or extraction, a local anaesthetic can be administered so that the entire procedure is pain-free. Our resident dentist can also discuss sedation options with you for greater relaxation prior and during treatment. If you have any concerns or phobia, our resident dentist can address this prior to dental crown treatment so that you feel at ease and confident about your treatment.
A – Dental crowns made from porcelain or ceramics resemble natural white teeth, and are often used to enhance the condition of natural teeth for an improved smile. Crowns made from metal alloys can be placed out-of-sight at the back of the mouth. Some people enjoy a flash of gold in their teeth and don’t mind if this is seen by others. The sparkle of your teeth when you smile is a personal choice, and we have options that can meet what you feel most comfortable with.
A – Depending on the patient’s oral health condition, regular care of teeth and gums, and overall wellbeing, good quality crowns can last between ten to fifteen years. Looking after dental crowns is much the same as care for natural teeth by following recommended oral health guidelines. Our resident dentist will discuss the different types of crowns, durability rates and care with you so that you can make an informed choice about your dental health.
A – The cost of dental crowns depends on the patient’s overall health and treatment required, the type of crown to be fitted, and also the choice of practice for treatment. Our resident dentist will explain all costs with you at initial examination and will also discuss our payment options with you.
A – Composite bonding can be used as an alternative to a dental crown, but if too much tooth structure is damaged, then having a crown fitted may still be the better option. If you are looking for an option to improve the aesthetic look of your teeth, then porcelain veneers or lumineers may be a less invasive treatment to consider. If you wish to know more about alternatives to dental crowns, ask our resident dentist for further information.