WHAT IS A CROWN?
A crown is an artificial restoration that covers the remaining part of a tooth that has been professionally prepared. A crown can be constructed using:
- Porcelain fused to metal: These crowns are not as natural looking as all ceramic and are therefore often used for posterior teeth.
- All ceramic: This range of modern material offers a metal-free alternative, giving the strength of a metal crown but with the appearance of natural teeth.
- Gold-alloy crowns: Gold is one of the oldest filling materials and is used with other metal alloys to increase strength; these are hardwearing and good for back teeth.
The enamel of the tooth in preparation for a crown is essentially removed, as well as any old restorations present in the tooth.
WHY HAVE A CROWN?
Crowns are used to repair and strengthen damaged teeth and to improve the appearance of a tooth including shape, colour and apparent alignment.
Treatment usually takes place over two visits with about 1 to 2 weeks between appointments. Single visit crowns (CEREC) are available at some advanced clinics.
Average cost is $1500 though costs will vary according to the type of crown and the material used. Always get a written estimate and treatment plan prior to accepting treatment.
ASK YOUR INEEDA DENTIST
Why do you recommend a crown? It is important to understand why a crown has been recommended and is necessary for your situation.
Are there any alternatives to a crown? It is good to know all the options for your situation as it enables you to make an informed decision.
Where are the crowns made? Some dentists use cheap overseas laboratories to make your crown. Be wary as these crowns may be made of inferior materials that do not comply with strict Australian guidelines.