What is it?

A Dental Crown can be viewed as a helmet to protect a damaged tooth from further impairment. In addition, Crowns are fitted on top of a Dental Implant in order to create a natural look. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your remaining teeth. Not only can this regain the look of a natural tooth but also aid with natural function. There are many scenarios when a crown may be recommended as a treatment for oral health. This includes if there is a large filling required but not much original tooth left, to prevent or restore a fractured cracked tooth, to help with alignment or poorly shaped teeth, or to protect previous dental procedure such as a root canal.

A Veneer reshapes the front side of the tooth, that is, the side of the tooth others can see when you talk or smile. Veneers are thinner than Crowns and require less filing down of the tooth. Veneers are used to treat cosmetic concerns with your smile such as discolouration, minor shape concerns, and other instances when teeth may need extra protection.

What's involved?

Depending on whether you are receiving a Crown or Veneer will depend on what happens during the appointment. However the dentist will always assess which is the best option considering all circumstances and recommend the appropriate sedation or pain relief for treatment.

If a crown is recommended as the best treatment then your dentist will first prepare the tooth to receive the crown. This involves numbing the area and filing down the tooth to make room for the crown. If extensive decay is present that doesn’t need a root canal or a large portion of the tooth is missing due to damage, your dentist will fill or build up the tooth in order to give it the ability to support the crown. Your dentist will then either take an impression or digitally scan your teeth so the crown can be designed. In the mean time your dentist will create a temporary crown for you until the permanent one is ready to be fitted. Once the crown is ready the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be fitted.

The first steps in receiving a veneer is treatment planning. During this process the dentist will assess the outcomes you are trying to achieve and whether veneers are the best treatment option. Once this has been decided some enamel will be filed down, which is about the same thickness as the veneer. Impressions or scans will then be taken of your teeth, which will be used to manufacture the veneer. Once the veneer is ready your dentist will perfect it’s fit and then prepare the tooth for bonding by cleaning, polishing and etching the tooth for a stronger hold. Final adjustments will then be made before you leave with your perfect veneers.

How does it feel?

The assessment, impressions, x-rays, or scans shouldn’t cause any discomfort and during the procedure the appropriate numbing or anaesthetic is used. This is to ensure that you are comfortable and that we are able to perform he procedure without interruption. In some cases Sedation Dentistry may be used. Not only does Sedation Dentistry offer an alternative to anaesthetic but is also a great option for those experiencing anxiety about dental treatments. Putting off a visit to the dentist or certain procedure can compromise your oral health in the long run. Our dentists at Advanced Dental Spa are understanding and experienced with patients who may not be the biggest fans of dental clinics. We are patient and courteous and aim to make your treatment the most pleasant experience possible. To learn more about your options and how Advanced Dental Spa can provide a comfortable environment for dental treatments, contact us today.

Scared of the dentist?

Being scared of the dentist is a common fear among both young and old and nothing to be ashamed about. Thankfully there are talented dentists such as the ones at our clinics who are trained in methods that will decrease your anxiety associated with dentists and allow you to get the treatment you need. Oral health is extremely important to your overall health and shouldn’t be delayed, especially when facing a condition that could compromise the future integrity of your smile. We offer a range of services and use world class techniques to ensure your discomfort is at a minimum during your treatment, whether that be a routine check up, smile makeover, or dental implant/restoration.

One of the main techniques we use to overcome your fears is Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry is the process of performing dental treatments while the patient is under conscious (or twilight) sedation. This process can be beneficial in many circumstances including when complex extensive dentistry needs to be undertaken and when the patient faces anxiety about dental work in general. If you’ve experienced issues with a fear of needles, a low pain threshold or strong gag reflex when visiting the dentist, Sedation Dentistry could be the solution. For more information on the services available aimed at making your appointment more comfortable, contact us today.

Perth Crowns & Veneers FAQ

What is a Crown?
Just like a helmet protects your head, a crown acts the same way to protect your compromised tooth. Two appointments are usually required for a crown. The first appointment is when the dentist prepares and takes impressions of the tooth to fit the crown, and at the second appointment, the crown will be fitted.

Why do I Need a Crown, Why is it better (and more expensive) Than a filling, And What Are My Options?
The need for a crown on your tooth arises because the tooth is compromised and needs further reinforcement to allow it to continue functioning. Without the reinforcement provided by a crown, the tooth will deteriorate faster and reach the end of its life sooner.
The main reasons for needing a crown are as follows:

  • Large fillings: When there is very little tooth structure left, the tooth is unable to hold a filling in place and will fail much quicker. Additionally, there is a high risk that the small remaining tooth structure left will also break. The material of a crown is much stronger than filling material, and a crown also reinforces and protects the tooth from fracturing.
  • Cracks in teeth: Cracks in teeth will not heal and will only worsen in time as you continue to use the tooth. To protect the tooth from catastrophic fracture where the tooth splits in half (and then needs to be extracted), a crown is the best treatment for this.
  • Broken or severely decayed or worn down teeth: Crowns act to restore the functionality of broken or severely decayed teeth
  • Aesthetic issues: Crowns can also be used to fix crooked or stained teeth.
  • Other options: The tooth can just be filled, but the longevity of the filling is significantly compromised. In addition, the limited remaining tooth structure is at high risk of fracturing, which will only cause pain and put you at high risk of losing the tooth.

How much do crowns cost and is it covered by my health insurance?
Crowns are covered under major dental cover in your private health insurance policy. It is best to check with your health fund if you are covered for this and what your limits are.

Do I need a root canal with a crown?
No, most crowns don’t need root canal treatment if the nerve is not infected or inflamed. However, most root canals (especially for the back teeth) need crowns.

How long do crowns and veneers last?
The amount of time that crowns and veneers will last before needing to be redone depends on factors such as how you take care of your teeth, and the health of your mouth in general. Many will last 10 years, but it is critical that you are flossing, brushing and getting regular cleaning to maintain their longevity.

What if I wait and do my crown later?
What are the repercussions? More then likely the existing problem on your tooth will worsen and eventually lead to fracture/failure of the filling, pain, need for a root canal potential loss of the tooth – E.g. if there is an existing crack, this will only propagate further and a portion of tooth will fracture in the near future. How long this progression takes depends on the severity of the problem.

What is the difference between a crown/cap and veneer and a composite bonded veneer?

  • A crown encases the entire tooth, whereas a porcelain veneer fits only the front side of the tooth and is usually used for cosmetic cases – e.g. to fix stained front teeth.
  • A crown protects a compromised tooth whilst a veneer doesn’t.
  • Crowns are thicker and thus stronger but require more preparation of the tooth. Veneers are much thinner and don’t need the tooth to be ground down much.
  • Composite bonded veneers are filling material built up to fix aesthetic concerns. They do not last as long or look as natural as porcelain veneers. Composite bonded veneers do stain whilst porcelain veneers hardly stain.

Can veneers fix my crooked teeth?
Yes, veneers can change the colour, shape and alignment of your existing teeth, however, it is limited to the severity of your case. Veneers are ideal for milder cases.

Why do I need an occlusal splint with my veneers?
People who grind their teeth MUST wear an occlusal splint (nightguard) to protect their veneers from chipping. Porcelain is strong but brittle in nature, thus prone to chipping if it undergoes grinding forces.

What material is used for crowns and veneers?
Crowns are made of porcelain, metal, or goldalloyor zirconia. Each material has it’s individual strengths and weaknesses and the material used is dependent on patient factors. The dentist will determine the best material to suit your tooth. Veneers are made of porcelain.

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