Modern cosmetic dentistry has developed in many ways and many new treatments have appeared in recent years. If you feel that your smile is not as attractive as it used to be due to chipped, cracked or heavily filled teeth, then crowns in Erskineville may be the ideal solution for you.
At Healthy Smile Centre, we use crowns to strengthen damaged teeth as well as create attractive restorations for dental implants. Crowns in Erskineville are versatile and there are a lot of instances where patients may need crowns instead of a filling or other tooth restoration.
What is a dental crown?
Also known as dental ‘caps’, crowns are dental restorations that when cemented into place, fully cover the visible portion of a tooth above the gum line. Since a crown encases the whole tooth, it effectively becomes the new chewing surface of the tooth, protecting it the underlying natural tooth from bacteria as well as biting forces.
Alternatively, crowns are also used as replacement teeth on top of dental implants.
Dental crowns are made of many materials but porcelain is the most popular. Porcelain is hard, durable and reflects natural light just like regular teeth.
Who needs dental crowns?
You may need a dental crown if:
- The tooth structure is weak because of a previous filling or fillings;
- There is extensive decay that cannot be supported by a filling;
- The tooth is cracked, chipped or fractured;
- The tooth structure needs protection because of a root canal filling;
- You want to replace missing teeth using a bridge or a dental implant.
Overall, crowns protect any remaining tooth structure, making it stronger and more resilient.
Fitting the crown
Fitting a crown can take a few visits, depending on your individual situation. During your first visit at Healthy Smile Centre, we will prepare the affected tooth, take impressions and place a temporary crown. We will then create the permanent crown, which will be ready to secure over your tooth at your second visit. If you require more than one crown, you may need to visit the dentist more times in order for them to be fitted properly.