Dr. Ken Ho

Getting a Dental Crown - What is the Process?

March 15, 2018
Posted By: GFD

A dental crown is a porcelain or metallic cap that restores damaged teeth. Once made and fixed to the tooth, crowns last for many years depending on how you take care of them.

A crown looks like a tooth and it fits over your natural one like a cover. This protects it from further damage and improves your overall appearance.

There are many reasons why patients may need dental crowns. Let’s take a look at them now.

Uses of Dental Crowns

  • Crowns support teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure. After the dentist cleans out the pulp and takes out some of the tooth, the remaining tooth structure needs the support of a crown to be restored to its original shape and to function normally.
  • Dental crowns cover broken teeth or teeth that don’t match the rest in the mouth. They’re ideal for cosmetic dental procedures.
  • Dentists also use crowns to construct crown supported dental bridges.These bridges are a good treatment option for closing gaps for missing teeth.

The Dental Crown Procedure

The dentist will start by examining the affected tooth to find out whether you need a root canal procedure. After performing a root canal (if necessary), the dentist prepares the tooth for the crown. Since the crown has to fit over the natural tooth, your dentist will reshape the tooth and create space for the crown. You may need to have a local anaesthesia before tooth reshaping begins.

The dentist remove any  weakened or decayed tooth structure, reshaping and build back what is necessary to have sufficient teeth to support the new crown . Once complete, they take impressions of the tooth and send it to a lab to create the crown. They will also take impressions of teeth opposing the affected tooth. This will help in the construction of a crown that offers an effective bite.

After the dentist receives the crown, they will cement or bond it to the natural tooth. This completes the dental crown process.

Types of Dental Crowns 

You can choose from porcelain fused to metal crowns, and ceramic crowns.

Metal fused to ceramic crowns have aesthetic value but the metal causes darkening along the gum line over time.

At Gordon Family Dental, Ceramic crowns are what we predominantly use. They are strong, aesthetic and are bonded to the tooth. They also look the most natural. They’re the best choice for teeth located in the front of the mouth.

Dental Crowns for Every Need

If you need dental crowns in Gordon, Pymble, Turramurra, Killara or St. Ives, visit Gordon Family Dental. We offer paediatric dentistry, minor oral surgery, root canal therapy and much more.

We have a team of experienced dentists who will keep you fully informed and feel comfortable throughout your dental visit.

Call us on 02 9499 5086 for a friendly chat or visit us online to learn more about our modern practice.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.