Same-day dental crowns in Oakleigh
If you have a broken or discoloured tooth, have lost a tooth or have worn your teeth down through grinding, a dental crown can be the perfect solution. Don’t think of them as those caps your parents had on their teeth that always seemed to be coming out – our modern crowns are stronger than ever and should match the rest of your teeth perfectly, so nobody will know the difference.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, unlike a veneer, is a porcelain replica that encases the whole tooth. The crown slots over any remaining tooth structure like a cap, or is attached to a titanium implanted ‘root’ in cases where the tooth has been removed. Porcelain based restorations are a lot stronger than composite filling materials and are more resilient to breakage from high stress forces.
Dental crown versus veneer
A dental crown is used instead of a dental veneer when a tooth is damaged beyond repair and a large amount of the tooth structure has been lost. A veneer covers only the front part of the tooth, whereas a crown is essentially a replacement for the tooth, needing only a small portion of the original tooth to cling to.
How long do dental crowns last?
A well looked after crown can last for up to fifteen years. At Station Square Dental, we are here to help support your entire oral health and make sure you get the greatest longevity out of your new dental crown.
Do I need a dental crown?
You may be the perfect candidate for a dental crown if you’re experiencing any of the following concerns:
- Severe tooth decay
- A tooth suffering from injury or trauma (i.e. it is cracked, broken, or chipped)
- A filling so large it has affected the strength and existing structure of the tooth
- A discoloured tooth
- A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- A missing tooth (or teeth), as crowns can be used in conjunction with dental implants.
The CEREC difference
If you’re wondering what makes our crowns superior to traditional crowns offered by most practices, the answer is our highly advanced technology. Our experienced dentists are qualified to use a CEREC machine in-house, allowing us to quickly provide beautiful porcelain-based restorations in just one visit.
The machine is used to take a digital image of your mouth (as opposed to requiring a gooey impression) and this image is then converted into a 3D computerised model of your tooth, ready to be sent to an onsite milling machine. The machine then creates your crown in-house, with this process taking anywhere between 6–30 minutes, depending on the level of work required. Once complete, our dentist is then able to fit your crown permanently to your tooth.
Like all of our porcelain-based restorations, the crown is matched perfectly to the colour of your natural tooth. You’ll hardly even know it’s there!
Fitting dental crowns
The dental crown procedure happens over two appointments at our Oakleigh dental clinic. During the first appointment our specialised dentist will take x-rays to ensure the root of the tooth is strong. After this, the damaged tooth will need to be filed down to make room for the crown. In other cases, where a large amount of the tooth has been lost due to damage or decay, we might actually need to use a filler to build up the remaining structure. The amount of tooth that needs removing, or filler that is required, varies with each patient as every mouth is unique.
We will then take impressions of the tooth and of the surrounding teeth (to ensure the new crown does not affect your bite). Then we will attach a temporary crown to protect the vulnerable tooth while you wait for your next appointment.
The second appointment is to attach the crown, which will have been crafted in the lab to perfectly fit your tooth and mouth to give the most comfortable results. After the temporary crown is removed, the permanent crown is cemented in place.
Caring for your dental crown
A thorough oral hygiene routine is vital for the health of your teeth. A crown is the same as a normal tooth in many ways, and will need to be cared for as such with regular brushing and flossing. Just because the real tooth is capped off does not mean that it is indestructible. The gum and tooth underneath are still at risk of decay if not well cared for.
To make the most of your dental crown’s lifetime, a daily brushing and flossing habit is recommended, along with a regular check-up at the dentist at least every 6 months.