What is a crown?
A porcelain crown is a structure that covers the entire surface area of the tooth. Generally used to repair severe damage, crowns aid the structure of the tooth by increasing strength and stability. They may also be used to reverse the effects of teeth grinding and an improper bite. At G Dental, we use porcelain crowns, as they offer a discreet method of repair by blending to match the colour of your natural teeth. If you require root canal therapy, the chances are your treatment will be finished with a crown.
The Dental Crown Procedure
In preparation for your crown, the existing tooth structure will be reduced. This will include removal of any decayed matter, cleaning, and reshaping the tooth for a snug fit. An impression will be taken of your tooth and sent to a laboratory for fabrication. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary crown.
At the final fitting, your permanent crown will be fixed with the aid of dental cement. You should take care to avoid grinding your teeth, or using that tooth to bite into hard foods as you could damage the crown.
What to expect post-treatment
We will do everything we can to minimise discomfort, however patients may still experience some discomfort. If you require root canal treatment prior to your crown, the tooth will still contain the nerve so you may experience some sensitivity, although this should be temporary.
If discomfort persists for longer than a couple of days or you experience pain or sensitivity when you bite, you should contact your dentist. They will be able to assist.
If your crown has been damaged or fallen out, it is important not to stress. If the crown has been chipped, depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to have it repaired with a resin or have a new one made and fitted. If the crown has fallen out and is not causing any discomfort, DO NOT try to replace the crown yourself. Wash the crown thoroughly and place it in a zip-lock bag, and book an emergency appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Dental Crowns in Greensborough
If you are considering porcelain crowns in Melbourne and wondering if they are suitable for you, be sure to contact G Dental’s Greensborough practice on 03 9435 6063 or Contact Us to arrange an appointment.
Porcelain Crowns FAQs
What problems can develop with a dental crown?
There are several problems which can occur, these include:
- The crown being chipped or damaged
Porcelain crowns can chip and become damaged. What needs to occur next varies depending on the severity of the damage, your crown can either be repaired with resin or replaced.
- The crown has fallen out
If the crown has fallen out, please contact your dentist and make an appointment so they can organise a replacement.
- Discomfort and sensitivity
It is normal to have some discomfort after having a crown installed. If this persists for more than a few days, you may need to contact your dentist. If the pain is only present when you bite down it could be an indication that the crown is installed too high, which your dentist can fix easily.
- Dark line present on tooth
A dark line present on the tooth is common and is just where the porcelain was fused to the metal crown.
In any case, DO NOT attempt to fix the crown yourself. Wash the crown and place it in a zip lock bag. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your crown until you are able to come in for an appointment. In any scenario, be sure to maintain good dental hygiene as infection is more likely if the inner tooth is exposed.
What special care is required for a dental crown?
In the first week of having your crown installed, you may need to be careful with how sensitive the nerve is. It is recommended to use sensitive toothpaste and be careful when drinking hot or cold drinks.
Following a good oral health routine will keep your teeth and crowns in good condition.
How much does a porcelain crown cost?
As every crown is custom made, it is impossible to estimate the cost without an appointment. Generally, a portion of your crown will be covered by insurance, but be sure to check with your dental insurance first.
If you would like to receive a consultation on the price of a custom fitted crown then please contact G dental at 03 9435 6063 .
What do I do if my crown is damaged?
Sometimes if a crown isn’t fitted correctly, it may cause the dental crown to fall out. You may also find that you have managed to chip your crown. Don’t stress if either of these scenarios occur, as we can help.
Call your dentist and arrange an appointment to have the crown looked at and the damage assessed. In many cases, a crown will need to be replaced, though your dentist may choose to adapt the original as a temporary measure.
If you are experiencing discomfort and require the crown to be replaced right away, ensure you clean the inside of it well. You may wish to use a toothpick in order to remove any debris or dried cement stuck to the crown, followed by a wet cotton swab. Your crown can be replaced temporarily using any denture or temporary dental cement found at many pharmacies: however, this should be seen as a permanent solution.