What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a custom-made cap that closely resembles your natural tooth. A crown is used to restore teeth that are decayed, fractured, weakened, or worn excessively. Preserving your natural teeth is always the preferred course of action to avoid the need for extraction whenever possible, and dental crowns help us do just that.
The caps are made from long-lasting materials like metal, porcelain, and resin, and with proper care and maintenance, they can typically last between five to 15 years. Dental crowns can also be used in combination with other treatments such as root canals or dental implants to give you a functional, healthy smile.
Types of Dental Crowns in Melton
Here are the different types of Dental crowns available at Melton Dental:
While less known for their aesthetic appeal, gold crowns are long-lasting and highly durable. They are resistant to wear and corrosion. Gold crowns require less removal of tooth structure compared to other materials, preserving more of the natural tooth.
Metal Fused to a Porcelain Shell
The metal is virtually invisible once the crown is cemented in place. It combines the strength of the metal inner core with the natural appearance of porcelain. This provides an excellent balance between aesthetics and function.
ALL porcelain (ceramic)
These are the best choice for a natural cosmetic look. Entirely made out of ceramic material, this is the best fit for those seeking a natural and aesthetically pleasing dental restoration, particularly for the front teeth.
Provided you have good oral hygiene and well maintained, regularly checked teeth, your dental crowns may last an average of 8 to 12 years.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can cover a range of dental conditions and help improve various dental issues. You may be an eligible candidate for dental crowns if you have the following issues:
- Weak or cracked teeth that need support
- Broken, dull, or damaged teeth that need to be restored
- Have discoloured or stained teeth
- Need to cover a root canal-treated tooth
- Considering dental implants
However, the best way to determine if dental crowns are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We will do a thorough examination and recommend the best solution for you.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Here are a few ways in which a dental crown can benefit you and improve your oral health:
- Provide essential support to weak & damaged teeth
- Protect teeth that have worn away, preventing further damage
- Offer protection to teeth that have become brittle after a root canal
- Hold together severely cracked or broken teeth
- Enhance the appearance of a tooth
- Contribute to the improved jaw and chewing function
- Mimics the look of natural teeth
- Used in conjunction with dental implants
- Contributes to better oral health as damaged teeth are repaired
- Easy to install.
Dental Crown Procedure
Our process for getting a dental crown is as simple as it gets!
1. Initial Consultation
Once you visit our clinic, we will evaluate your dental health, discuss your treatment options, and determine if a dental crown is the best cosmetic dental solution or restorative treatment for your specific case.
2. Tooth Preparation
During the next appointment, the tooth receiving the crown is prepared. This involves removing any decay or damaged areas, shaping the tooth to accommodate the crown, and taking impressions or digital scans of the tooth and surrounding area.
3. Crown Fabrication
The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, where our skilled technicians craft your custom-made permanent crown. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, the crown can be made from different materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
4. Crown Placement
Once the permanent crown is ready, we will carefully place and bond the permanent crown onto the tooth. Your tooth is now functional and healthy again!
How long do dental crowns last?
Generally, if you take good care of it, a dental crown can last for around 15 years or even longer. The amount of time a dental crown lasts can differ based on things like what it’s made of, how well you take care of your teeth etc.
How should I care for my dental crown?
While dental crowns themselves are resistant to decay and bacteria, the original tooth underneath can still be harmed. So, it’s really important for you to take good care of your teeth at home.
Remember to keep up with your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing just like you would for your regular teeth. So, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss once every day. Also, be careful not to chew on things that are hard, like ice or pens, and try not to eat really sticky or tough foods like candy too often.
Experience the Best Dental Care at Melton Dental
Melton Dental is a state-of-the-art dental practice that stands as a beacon of excellence in dental healthcare. Our modern clinic is designed to make every visit a stress-free one. We’re equipped with the latest dental technology, from digital imaging to painless anesthesia to ensure precision, safety, and efficiency.
From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll be greeted by our compassionate and friendly team with warm smiles and genuine care.
Your dental needs are as unique as you are. That’s why we offer a wide range of dental services to address every aspect of your oral health, including general dentistry, children’s dentistry, sedation dentistry, gum disease treatment, teeth whitening treatment and much more.