What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is an artificial covering for and existing tooth. It can strengthen a decayed or broken tooth and also improve its appearance.

Why do some teeth need crowns?

Dental crowns are used to protect a tooth that has been weakened because of decay or breakage.

A tooth that has a crack in it can be strengthened by having a crown placed.

Heavily worn teeth can be rebuilt with dental crowns.

When a tooth has two thirds of it surface filled then a crown can help strengthen the tooth.

The majority of root-canal treated teeth benefit from crown to help protect the remaining tooth after having the nerve removed.

Crowns can be placed over dental implants were a missing tooth has been replaced by the implant.

What is involved in having a crown?

Receiving a dental crown typically involves two visits to the dentist about two weeks apart. The tooth is prepared for the crown at the first visit with the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth being removed and reshaped to accommodate the crown. The crown is then made by a dental technician and the crown fitted at the second appointment. It is bonded over your own tooth using dental glue, fixing it securely. At Ascot dental all our crowns are made by a local (Brisbane) highly skilled dental technician.

How do you look after a crown?

Like any tooth- with daily brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

Avoiding too many acidic or sugary foods and drinks will also help prolong the life of a crown.