When your tooth has a minor cavity, the go-to treatment is usually a filling. But if your cavity has progressed to the point where there is too much damage or decay for a filling treatment to be successful – yet you still have sufficient healthy tooth structure – then an inlay or onlay treatment can be used to restore your tooth.
However, what if your entire tooth is severely damaged all the way to the gum line, and there isn’t too much of it left to support a filling, inlay or onlay? Well, a dental crown may be the solution.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are actually prosthetic teeth. They look and function just like a real tooth, and are designed to fit over the remaining tooth’s root structure. Once fitted and bonded into place, crowns can last for up to 30 years, depending on the wear and tear that the crown is subjected to. For example, if you have tooth grinding issues or like to munch on hard foods like ice, you may reduce the life of your crown significantly.
Good oral care and hygiene is an important factor also, to prevent any decay around the gum line that may compromise the crown’s stability.
Clinical research supports their use, and test results show that crowns have a higher success rate than other tooth restoration treatments, in terms of appearance, durability and function.
Dental crowns are an effective dental solution for a range of severe tooth issues, including:
- Teeth severely damaged by tooth decay
- Worn or eroded teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Strengthening and rebuilding teeth after root canal treatment
- Modifying or enhancing the cosmetic appearance of teeth
- Capping dental implants or bridges
What are dental crowns made of?
Types of crowns are usually classified by what materials they are made of. These include all-porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, metal alloys, resin and stainless steel. When choosing which type of crown is best for you, you and your dentist need to consider factors such as durability, strength, cost-effectiveness, temporary vs permanent restorations and cosmetic enhancement.
At Choice Dental, we can help restore your damaged and decayed teeth back to their original appearance, health and function with dental crowns. If you would like to find out more information about crowns, or to book a consultation with one of our dentists, call us on 07 3809 3320.
✔ READ MORE ABOUT OUR DENTAL CROWN TREATMENTS ON OUR “CROWNS AND BRIDGES” PAGE HERE: https://www.choice-dental.com.au/services/crowns-and-bridges/