Dental Crowns

Sometimes a filling may not be the suitable solution to protect the tooth, where there is risk of fracturing! A Crown may be a good alternative.
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What Is Dental Crown?

Crowns are dental restorations which fully encapsulate a tooth structure from the outside – just like a motorcycle helmet to motorbike rider’s head.

When Do Teeth Need Dental Crown?

Crown can be done for a few different reasons.
  • To strengthen a tooth
  • To restore the shape of a tooth or to improve aesthetics

  • Prevent painful splitting of the tooth

Studies suggest a high correlation between tooth fracture to large fillings and root canal treated tooth. A study by Larson (1981) determined that fillings that take up 1/3rd of the “intercuspal distance” of a tooth decreased the resistance to fracture by more than 50%.

Larson TD, et. al. Effect of prepared cavities on the strength of teeth. Oper Dent. Vol. 6, No. 1. 1981

Geurtsen (2003) found tooth’s risk for fracture increased substantially as the filling approached 50% of its intercuspal distance. Geurtsen’s recommendation was that fillings should not exceed 1/3 to 1/4 this distance.

Geurtsen W, et. al. Diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of the cracked tooth syndrome. Quintessence Int. Vol. 34, No. 6. June 2003.

Depending on how the tooth has fractured, these natural teeth can, occasionally be restored or saved without major consequences. However, prognosis drops significantly when fracture tooth is presented with pain, worse still, a tooth which has already fractured in half can only be removed.

American Association of Endodontists has a great article with animations to better explain the different scenarios and treatment options.

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Types of Crown Material

  • All – Procelain crown (Ceramic crown) – Tooth coloured

  • Porcelain fused to Metal – Tooth coloured, however, there is a underlying metal layer.
  • Full Metal – Gold or silver in colour.

Our types of dental prosthesis are all 100% Australian made and therefore we guarantee the material used are 100% compliant with approval by Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Call us 07 3824 4488 for your interest in the Dental Crown procedure

We always welcome new patients whether you already have a crown or just need routine hygiene services. Just let us know what you need, and we will do our best to offer you the right services.