The purpose of a dental crown is to provide cover for a tooth so that no fractures are likely to occur. Fractures and cracks frequently happens to teeth with large existing restorations, as well as teeth that are subjected to excessive loading such as seen in sleep grinders/clincher’s. In cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry, crowns are often used to improve the long term anatomy and shade of a tooth.
What kind of Dental Crown material should I choose?
Dental crown is a restorative treatment for a broken down, weakened tooth. It involves preparing the tooth and covering it with high strength restorative material. There are many different types of dental crown materials to choose from:
- Full-metallic crown: is a type of crown that uses only metallic material to provide cover for the tooth. Gold was once the favourite for its malleability and bio-compatible nature.
Unfortunately due to increased costs of gold many patients are forced to consider alternative materials. Other cheaper metallic crowns exist, mostly alloys of different metal, however due to poorer bio-compatibility (nickel allergy, rusting), they are not as favourable.
- Porcelain-fused-metal (PFM) crown: to improve the aesthetic of a metallic crown especially in anterior/front teeth, dental technicians can place ceramics to cover the metal to give it a tooth-like aesthetic. It has been in use in dentistry for a very long time and has been the favourite for many experienced dentists even after the introduction of CADCAM (computer-aided-design, computer-aided-manufacturing) technology to dentistry.
- Non-metallic crown: are typically made of high-strength medical grade ceramic. At North Sydney Dentistry, we utilise the latest chair-side CADCAM technology to provide precision fit dental crowns. The accuracy of such restoration is within microns of discrepancy, making them some of the most precision fitting restorations available to dentists. We offer Vita, Emax, and Lava Ultimate crowns in our surgeries.
How long will my Dental Crown Last?
In our clinics, we are confident with our dental crowns that as long as the patient routinely visits a dentist to ensure good dental hygiene, we are happy to replace any dental crown that fractures within 5 years after its placement. Most labs are not prepared to do that.
How many visits will my Dental Crown take?
Most dental practices require patients to make two to three visits because the moulds need to be sent off to a dental laboratory to construct the crown. At North Sydney dentistry we make our crowns at our practice. This enables us to reduce the extra cost associated with laboratory fees and also ensure that the quality meets our high standards. It also benefits our patients by allowing the entire dental procedure to be completed in one visit. Our experienced and friendly Dentists will explain the process with you and you can watch your dental crown be made with our advanced Dental Crown technology equipment at North Sydney Dentistry.
How much does a Dental Crown Cost?
At North Sydney Dentistry we believe in providing quality Dentistry at an affordable rate. We are proud to offer some of the cheapest crowns in the North Sydneyarea. The average cost can range between $1500 and $2500. We offer our in-house dental crowns for $990.
What other dental options are available?
There are many restorative options available to help you achieve the smile you would like. At North Sydney Dentistry our experienced dentist will discuss with you entire options and help tailor your personal treatment plan that provides the best outcome related to your individualised goals.