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Dental Crowns

When teeth start to break down, they need to be protected with a special cover to prevent any more damage. Crowns (sometimes called “caps”) are special restorations that restore broken or decaying teeth when a filling isn’t adequate.

Instead of going inside of your tooth, crowns go over and around it. They’re very resistant to things like sugar and stain, yet durable enough to withstand heavy biting forces.
Illustration of dental crown

Do I Need a Crown?

Dr Mark Chung (Dentist) usually recommends crowns when:

  • Over 60% a tooth has an older filling that is breaking apart
  • You’ve recently had root canal treatment
  • There is severe wear or enamel erosion
  • A veneer is not appropriate
  • You have aggressive tooth decay
  • Dental implants replace individually missing teeth

Types of Dental Crowns

For front teeth or parts of your smile that are more noticeable, we generally opt for a cosmetic, yet durable ceramic design. Porcelain crowns can be matched to your adjacent teeth so that they’re less noticeable and look as natural as possible. Anterior teeth require more cosmetic considerations, so the process is a bit more detailed. It’s usually easier to make several crowns that match each other than it is to restore one tooth to look like all of thrones around it.

When we need to restore a back tooth that you bite on more (especially one that’s less visible) Dr Chung will often recommend making your crown out of gold. Since gold is very strong and pliable, it holds up better to heavy wear without the risk of anything chipping off.

Get a Digital Preview of Your Smile

If you’re not certain about what your new crown should look like, we have a digital program that allows you to virtually “try on” the restoration before we start treatment. That way if you want to adjust the shape, size or colour, you can do so. You’ll see what the final design looks like long before the actual procedure.

Crown Care and Maintenance

For the first day or two after your crown placement, avoid biting into anything too hard or chewy. Although the cement is mostly set, we want to be sure that the bond is fully cured before you get back to your normal diet.

We’ll check the fit of your crown at the time it’s placed, but if you start to notice any areas that feel high or hit before the rest of your teeth, let Dr Chung know. We can easily adjust it so that the bite feels completely even.

Be sure to thoroughly brush and floss around your crown daily, as the margins can accumulate buildup. Gentle flossing will not dislodge your cap; be sure to never force the floss out but slide it through your teeth if it ever feels stuck.

Do you tend to clench your teeth? Ask about getting fitted with a night guard to prevent any damage to your new restoration.

Book a scale and clean every six months to have your crown evaluated.

Want to Learn More?

For custom Dental Crowns Artarmon, schedule a consultation with us today!

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental Crowns Artarmon, St Leonards, Chatswood NSW | (02) 9419 7484