Dental Crowns

Your smile and dental health can be integral to your happiness and self-confidence.

Replacing broken, chipped or damaged teeth can be achieved through a cosmetic procedure to install porcelain crowns. Our fixed price dental crown treatment is an ideal solution to hide defects or discolouration and creates a natural-looking complement to your existing teeth.

Unlike metallic crowns, a porcelain crown more closely resembles the colour of your teeth, making the addition less noticeable. Crowns are often used in conjunction with other restorative treatments, such as root canal therapy and offer a cosmetic adjustment, filling in gaps and creating a more even and attractive smile.

There are several reasons patients choose to get a dental crown:

  • Repair a damaged, broken or worn down tooth

  • Prevent a weak tooth from breaking apart

  • As part of a dental bridge or dental implant

  • Cosmetic appearance

The average dental crown cost in Australia is $1450 – $1800+

Our Fixed Price Dental Crowns – $990

A dental crown is one of the best and most well known dental restorations. They are used to encapsulate those teeth that are beyond repair. For example, in the case of a severely decayed tooth that’s beyond saving using traditional methods such as fillings. Dental crowning can be done to avoid discomfort and infection and used after Root Canal Therapy.

Dental crowns provide protection to the vulnerable tooth and add structural support. Minimising the possibility of decay since crowns seal the tooth from the rest of the mouth. This means that the longevity of the decaying tooth is drastically increased.

Dental crown treatment is a good option for patients who have sustained severe damage to the tooth. Not only does it restore the structure and strength of your tooth, but also improves your facial and smile aesthetics. Our Budget Smiles dentist will recommend dental crowing if you have the following conditions.

  • If you have yellow or discoloured teeth

  • If you have loose, cracked or chipped tooth

  • If you grind your teeth, unable to chew food comfortably or if your bite is not aligned properly

  • If you have undergone a root canal. If you have a large dental filling, you may need a dental crown to preserve your major tooth

  • If you lost your teeth to periodontal disease or a traumatic injury, dental crown with dental implants are an ideal solution

Dental crown procedure

The procedure for installing a dental crown in most cases takes two separate visits to the dentist. The dentist will examine the tooth on the first appointment, this visit normally entails taking x-rays. If there is any form of extensive decay or risk of infection to the tooth, the dentists will have to treat it first before commencing with a dental crown.

During the first appointment, this is when the tooth and the gum tissue is anesthetized before the process begins. The tooth is then filed down mostly along the chewing surface so that the crown can fit.

After the tooth has been filled to the proper shape, the dentist will take an impression of it and the surrounding. The impression is sent to a dental lab so that the permanent crown can be created. This protects the tooth until the final crown is ready for permanent placement.

A patient will go for the second and final visit once the permanent crown has been designed. The temporary crown will be removed on the second visit. The dentist will position and fasten this new crown in position with a special adhesive.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

Got questions? Maybe we have answers.

Does a crowned tooth require special care?

Your crown may not need special care, just the normal care you give to your ‘real’ tooth. It is, however, important to understand that the underlying tooth is not protected by the crown from decay and gum disease. This is why you must stick to a good oral hygiene practice.

Is it painful getting a dental crown?

Patients will only need a local anesthetic to remain comfortable during the crowning process. There are mild toothaches and sensitivity but this can be managed with painkillers. But in case the pain is severe and prolonged, make sure you see a dentist.

Why is it called a dental crown?

They are called so because they fit over the top of your remaining tooth. They are also referred to as dental caps.

Are dental crowns thicker than normal teeth?

The materials used to make the crown determine how thick the crown will be. Normally, the thickness ranges from 0.5-2 millimetres on the sides and around 1.5 millimetres on the chewing surface. As compared to porcelain crowns, metal crowns are thinner.

Is there a difference between the finished crown and a real tooth?

There is normally a difference when you compare your metal crown to your teeth. However, tooth colour crowns can be made indistinguishable from your existing teeth.

Can a dental crown be whitened?

No. Unlike the real teeth, materials that make the crown don’t respond to whitening treatments. If you decide to whiten the natural enamel, the crown will be different from the rest of the teeth. As part of your smile makeover, you can whiten your teeth before having a dental crown or replace your crown with a lighter one.

What are the alternatives to getting a dental crown?

A dental bridge can replace a missing tooth. For tooth decay, fillings, onlays and inlays might work. Dental bonding can also restore chipped or cracked teeth instead of a crown. Porcelain veneers or a combination of orthodontia and teeth whitening can help you achieve a purely cosmetic treatment.

Can I undergo orthodontics if I have a dental crown?

You can correct crookedness even if you already have a dental crown. However, the traditional braces may not rectify such a situation if the crown are made of metal or porcelain. This is why clear plastic aligned is recommended. You may have to wait until your treatment is over if you are considering replacing your crown at the time of orthodontics.

How long will a dental crown last?

Since dental crowns aren’t the natural teeth, they will not last forever. However, they can last a long time if good care is given to them. Research shows that more than 90% of crowns will be intact for more than five years before any other major treatment is done to them. However, 50 to 80% of crowns will last between 15 and 20 years.

Patients should understand that just like the normal tooth, crowns will last as long as good care is adhered to. A dentist will tell you of the dental hygiene practices to care for your dental crowns and your entire mouth in general.