Strengthen and protect with a crown
The more tooth structure that is lost due to breaks or decay, the weaker it becomes.
A bonded filling replaces the lost structure, however, the tooth remains very prone to further breaks and cracks. Teeth that have silver amalgam fillings are especially prone to breaks and fractures.
This is the same for a tooth that has been root canal treated. These teeth become brittle and can break. When heavily filled or brittle teeth break, they can split leaving the tooth unable to be repaired. The only option after this is removal of the tooth and investing in a replacement such as a dental implant.
A dental crown strengthens and protects the tooth from further damage by covering the whole surface – just like a helmet!
Crowns come in many materials and the most common is porcelain or ceramic. These crowns are cosmetically superior because they look like a natural tooth and can be matched to your other teeth. In some cases a metallic based crown or a gold crown could be used, especially for back teeth.
Your dentist will discuss the best options for your individual case.
The crown process
- Replace the existing filling. If there is decay, it is broken or deteriorated, the filling must be replaced. This new filling provides a strong foundation for your new crown. This filling can be done at a prior visit or at the same time as the crown.
- Crown preparation appointment. Once you are fully numb and comfortable, the dentist removes a layer of enamel from all surfaces of the tooth. This feels just like having a filling done. This allows space for the new crown to fit onto your tooth and in your bite. A mould is taken of the prepared tooth which is sent to the lab where the technician will make your new crown. A temporary plastic crown is fitted by your dentist to protect your tooth until the next visit. In some cases, you may be required to visit the technician for a colour match.
- Crown fitting appointment. This is the final visit. The temporary crown is gently removed and the permanent crown is tried. If the fit and colour is correct, the dentist will bond the crown to your tooth. The bite is adjusted so the crown feels comfortable. You can now go home and try out your new crown! If you feel the bite is not quite right, you are welcome to come back for a further adjustment at no fee.
- Strengthens remaining tooth structure
- Prevent ongoing fracture of tooth and filling
- Natural-looking restoration
- Improve the look and shape of teeth
- Functions like a real tooth, so you can bite and chew as usual
Can I claim or pay off my dental crown?
Certainly! MWFS has partnered with HCF and GUH to offer gap free dental* and if you are covered for dental crowns, you will be eligible* for a rebate from your dental fund. We also offer interest free payment plans* from Humm. You only pay a portion upfront to secure your appointment and pay off the remainder between 3-12 months. No credit checks are required. Ask us to help you check your eligibility. (*T&Cs apply)
Why does the cost of a crown vary?
As with all dental treatments, the cost will depend on your individual case. With dental crowns, the cost will factor in if the existing filling needs to be replaced and the size and complexity of this filling as well as the material used for the crown. Typically a porcelain crown may cost less than a gold crown. Your dentist will advise you of the costs involved once the tooth has been assessed.
How do I take care of my new crown?
Treat your new crown just like your natural tooth. Cleaning around the gum line is critical. Brush and floss around the gums, where the crown meets your natural tooth to remove the food debris and bacterial plaque that can build up. Decay can form around the base of the crown if home care is not effective. Regular dental examinations and hygiene appointments (twice a year) will help to maintain your crown for decades.