Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain Crowns – what is a crown on your tooth?

A porcelain or ceramic crown is a cap or covering made in a laboratory with the purpose to enclose and protect the entire surface of a tooth. A porcelain or ceramic crown will help to restore a tooth to its original shape and size while provide some integrity to the existing tooth structure. A porcelain crown is usually recommended when a tooth is no longer restorable with a normal filling.

Currently, dental crown types include stainless steel, gold alloy and porcelain (ceramic crown).  A tooth cap cost depends on type of materials used.  A tooth crown price is also determined by how fast you like to have your crown done.  At Valley Gentle Dental, porcelain or ceramic crown is the very popular, because it resembles the colour of your natural teeth.  A porcelain or ceramic crown is very durable and can last for many years.  It is recommended that you have your teeth straightened with braces and whitened with teeth whitening prior to making of a porcelain crown.

porcelain crowns
porcelain crowns before and after

Reasons for a porcelain crown:

  • When a tooth is fractured and no longer restorable with a normal filling.
  • When a tooth has a cracked tooth crown or cracked tooth enamel
  • When a tooth is discoloured eg tetracycline stain.
  • When a tooth has a root canal and becomes discoloured and weak.
  • When a tooth has unsightly fillings or chips or decayed.
  • When a tooth has a large silver filling.
  • When a tooth suffers from enamel hypoplasia or enamel hypomineralization.

What does getting a crown involve?  How long do crowns last on front teeth?

At your initial visit, our dentist will take X-ray of your tooth and check to ensure your tooth is suitable to receive a crown.  Once we establish the suitability of your tooth, several impressions or moulds of your jaws and pictures of your tooth will be taken.  Your tooth will then be prepared to a certain specification while under local anaesthetic or sedation and a temporary crown will be made to protect your tooth. The temporary crown will be temporarily cemented to your tooth until the permanent crown returns from the laboratory.  In preparation of a crown tooth pain should be minimal.  Your next visit will be scheduled for the following week.

At your second visit, your temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be tried in to check its colour and fit.  Once you are satisfied with the crown, it will then be carefully cemented on to your tooth.

You will be also be given post operative care instructions.  Proper use of your crown, good oral hygiene and  regular dental visits to  your dentist will ensure longevity of your crown.

What are you waiting for?

So, ring us during office hours on 03-51748338 to book your dental appointment with our Traralgon Dentist. Alternatively you can book your appointment online now – our online appointment system is available 24/7.

How to get to our clinic

From Aldi Traralgon, travel west along Princes Highway. At Seymour Street, turn right. Our clinic is right next to the old office of Latrobe Valley Express.

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