A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over an existing tooth in order to enhance its appearance and restore its shape, size and strength. A dental crown procedure is usually performed when a patient exhibits a particularly weak tooth that needs to be held together, or if they have a tooth that is extremely discoloured. There are a number of different types of crowns available, with available options including crowns made from porcelain, ceramic, resin and stainless steel.
Patients who undergo a dental crown procedure will usually have to make two separate visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the patient’s tooth will be thoroughly examined to ensure that it is able to support a crown. If this is possible, the tooth will then be filed down in preparation for the application of the crown. If the tooth is broken or damaged, additional preparation work and fillings may need to be done in order for a dental crown procedure to be performed.
Before the first visit is over, the patient will have had an impression of their tooth taken so a crown can be made accordingly. A temporary crown will also be attached. On the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the final crown will be fastened to the tooth permanently with a special adhesive.
If you think you could benefit from a dental crown procedure, call Dentistree today on (03) 9763 7333 to book an appointment.