If you’ve never heard of a dental crown Everton Park before, you must either be new to dentistry or have healthy or highly aesthetic teeth. Nevertheless, we’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know—whether you’re a crown aficionado or just starting out. Wherever dental crowns sit in your mouth, read on to learn all the key takeaways. Let’s get into it!
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is an artificial tooth. Sometimes referred to as a ‘dental cap’, a crown is an aesthetic solution to a missing or misshapen tooth. Typically, it sits atop a dental implant or over a natural tooth that’s been cut down to accommodate the crown. It’s usually color-matched to your natural teeth—unless, of course, you opt for the gold version.Read more: Dental Crowns: Everything You Need To Know!
What are dental crowns made from?
Whilst gold is an option, it’s the most expensive material. It’s also the option bearing the least resemblance to a natural tooth. Typically, you’ll find crowns made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin. Other options include metals, metal alloys, or zirconia. There’s also the option to blend materials. Why would you do this? Well, perhaps you’d like a crown with the sturdiness of metal but the appearance of porcelain (i.e. the closest aesthetic match to natural teeth).
Who needs dental crowns?
Dental crowns are for people who have either lost a tooth or who want an aesthetic upgrade on their tooth. In the case of the former, the person will likely have a dental implant onto which they can attach the crown. In the case of the latter, the natural tooth may need to be cut down so that the crown can fit on top. Dental crowns are also a common solution for people who’ve encountered dental trauma or injury.
How are dental crowns fitted?
Your dentist may take a mould of your mouth or tooth, as well as some tooth X-rays for reference. They’ll then cut down your tooth (if applicable) to ensure it can accommodate your crown. From there, they’ll take a dental impression that incorporates the now cut-down tooth, prescribe you a temporary crown to wear atop your altered tooth, and finally send your impression off to the lab. Several weeks later, your dentist will receive your shiny new crown and affix it to your tooth or implant.
How long do dental crowns last?
It depends on the material used, but as a general rule of thumb, crowns will last anywhere from five to fifteen years. This means that once installed, you should likely replace them every decade or so. If you incur damage along the way, you may need to replace them sooner. Ask your dentist for insight specific to your situation.
How do I know if a dental crown is a right approach for me?
You don’t, necessarily—but if you’ve experienced dental trauma or injury, that’s a pretty big tell. If you’re missing a tooth—particularly one of your front ones—you may want to look into dental implants as well as dental crowns. Whilst veneers are purely aesthetic, crowns provide functionality. They’re the closest thing to a natural tooth you’re going to get.
To find out if dental crowns should be your next move, contact our dentist Everton Park. We have an assortment of artificial tooth options, among which include dental crowns and bridges. Everton Park Dental’s phone number is (07) 3355 7936 and the online booking portal is located here. Whether you live in Everton Park or its surrounding suburbs (including McDowall, Mitchelton, or Stafford), we can help you find the best smile solution. Call today!