What is involved when fitting a Dental Crown?

Fitting a dental crown correctly first requires your dentist to examine your tooth to ensure a dental crown if suitable. This includes an x-ray of your teeth and careful examination.

If your tooth is suitable, your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and any decay removed. Then, the tooth is shaped so that a crown can be fitted over the top. Once completed, an impression is made and a temporary crown is used to cover and protect the tooth while your crown is being made. 

We'll then set an appointment date for you to return to fit your new crown.

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What is a Dental Crown for?

Dental Crowns (commonly referred to as a cap) can not only improve the appearance of a tooth but also strengthen it. Dental crowns are commonly used to protect weak teeth from fracturing and preventing further damage, a tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy, to cover and finish a Dental Implant or help attach a bridge.

Importantly, dental crowns restore the usefulness of your teeth so you can eat all your favourite foods again!

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a method to fill in the space created by a missing tooth or teeth, by utilising the teeth on either side of that space as supports. In a simplified description for a case where there is a single tooth missing, the teeth on either side of the gap are each prepared for a crown, and then an impression taken of this area. The dental technicians at the dental laboratory then manufacture a bridge that comprises of three crowns connected together, with the middle one filling the missing tooth being solid. This one structure (which is three crowns together) is then cemented (glued) into position in the mouth; this is termed a fixed prosthesis.

Considering a crown or a bridge?

Both are great solutions in their own right. Whether you feel you may have a weak tooth or need to fill in a gap, proper assessment is important to make sure it's the right solution for you!

We're only a few minutes from the train station and there are plenty of buses available. Call us now or use our online booking system to make an appointment!

What about Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces and are made of clear plastic. 3D scanning technology is used to map out your mouth and aligners are made to gradually shift and correct your teeth.

Pros:

  • Invisalign is virtually invisible.

  • They can be removed, making it easier to eat, drink and brush your teeth.

  • Fewer consultations with your dentist.

  • Even though most people adjust to having traditional braces quickly, Invisalign clear aligners are more comfortable from the get-go.

Cons:

  • Not suitable for all orthodontic treatments (your dentist will advise you if this is the case)

  • They must be removed when eating or drinking anything other than water. This means they are more susceptible to being lost or damaged.

  • You must wear them for at least 20 hours per day.

  • You must brush your teeth and floss before refitting them after eating.