Dental Crowns: Types, Procedure Overview, and Costs

Dental Crowns: Types, Procedure Overview, and Costs

Damaged teeth can leave anyone feeling uncomfortable, regardless of the cause of the damage. The damage to the teeth could be in the form of a deep cavity, or your teeth might suffer from an injury that could cause them to break, affecting your appearance.

Formation of tooth cavities is the primary reason for damaged teeth. Even getting fillings will not solve the issue with the appearance of a broken tooth. It affects your confidence and self-esteem. In such cases, dental crowns can be your saviour. Dental crowns are a perfect solution to getting back your gorgeous smile. Even though the process can be lengthy, you can still sigh in relief because you wouldn’t have to live with broken, chipped, or damaged teeth.

In this guide, we’ll learn everything you need to know about dental crowns before and after the procedure. With the help of this information, you can also find out if dental crowns are the right choice for you.

A] What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are simply caps for your damaged teeth. These are shaped like your teeth and act as a protective cover for your damaged teeth. People opt for dental crown treatment to restore their tooth’s shape, size, and strength. These also help enhance the appearance of your teeth and fix your smile.

Even if you have weak teeth, prone to cracks and breaking, a crown can be your saviour. First, your dentist would suggest you get a crown treatment just in time to avoid any possibility of further damage to your teeth. Then, your dentist would place the crown and cement it in the affected area to make it as natural as possible.

But the question is whether a dental crown treatment is ideal for you. Let’s find who is a perfect candidate for a tooth crown.

B] Who Should Opt For Dental Crowns?

The following people can opt for a tooth cap.

  • Those struggling with weak teeth are always at risk of developing a cavity in one or more teeth.
  • People struggling with broken or chipped teeth can choose to undergo a dental capping procedure.
  • If you have undergone a dental implant, you will need dental capping to prevent it from being too obvious.
  • People with discoloured teeth can opt for a tooth crown.
  • Dental crowns would be the best way to cover the tooth after a root canal treatment, so it doesn’t get damaged further.
  • It is also an ideal treatment for those having a large filling.

 

Dental crowns are a perfect way to get past these troubles and lead a comfortable life. A timely treatment after getting your dentist’s advice is the best way out of these problems.

There are several crown types with which your dentist might acquaint you. Let us cover some of the leading dental crown types so that you visit your dentist’s clinic well-informed.

C] Types of Dental Crowns?

Usually, these are the common types of dental crowns, and your dentist might suggest you get one of these. However, it solely depends upon the intensity of the tooth damage you suffer.

Metal Crowns

Metals such as gold, silver, and palladium are primarily used to make tooth crowns. Other than these, nickel and chromium are the two metals used to make dental caps.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Metal dental crowns are easily distinguishable and stand out against your other teeth. For a more aesthetic appearance, a porcelain fused with metal crowns can work for you.

Resin Crowns

Some dental crowns come with a resin material and can offer a short term solution.

Pressed Ceramic Crowns

Made completely out of porcelain, these pressed ceramic crowns come with a hard inner core or ceramic lining which makes it last longer than all ceramic crowns. This tooth crown is a close match to the shade of your natural teeth.

Monolithic Zirconia Crowns

The monolithic ceramic crown, also known as the zirconia crown is crafted from zirconium oxide with the help of a computer design and manufacturing process.

Once your dentist has thoroughly inspected your tooth, they will suggest the most appropriate dental capping. First, let us look at how the execution of this dental procedure takes place.

D] Dental Crowns Procedure

A dental crown procedure could be performed in one or multiple sittings. Generally, it takes more than a day. Once a tooth impression is taken, it is sent to the lab which fabricates a crown from the impression. Meanwhile, a dentist will place a temporary crown on your damaged tooth to protect it until the permanent dental crown is ready.

Same-day Procedure

Some people have time constraints and cannot be available for more than one sitting. Same-procedure are ideal for such patients. If the dentist has the equipment to create a dental crown in house, then it will take about three hours to fabricate the dental crown.

  • Upon your visit to the dental clinic, they will examine your affected tooth by taking a digital picture of your tooth.
  • After examining the tooth and checking for any signs of infections, they will prepare the dental crown with computer aided manufacturing.
  • Once the crown is ready, the dentist will fix the dental crown to your tooth with dental cement.

 

Before placing the crown on your tooth, the dentist will treat any decay that needs treatment. They will also file and shape your teeth, if necessary. The same-day procedures involve the preparation of the crowns with the help of CAD/CAM. Computer-aided design and manufacturing help dentists prepare the crown in less than 15 minutes.

Multi-day Procedure

  • When you first visit your dentist with a damaged tooth, he will take an X-ray of your tooth. He will examine the tooth and look at the surrounding teeth. He also checks if there is any risk of infections and injury to other teeth.
  • If there is extreme damage to your tooth, your dentist might have to give you a preliminary treatment. Usually, this involves a root canal treatment.
  • Now, the dentist will tell you about the different dental crowns available and also recommend one that would be the right fit for you. They will also see if there is a need to file your other teeth to make everything look orderly. Usually, the tooth undergoing treatment needs to be filed from the sides to make space for the crown.
  • As we have mentioned before, initially, the dentist will prepare and place a temporary crown on your tooth.
  • Next, your dentist will conduct an intraoral scan of your mouth to see if everything is in place. This scanning also ensures that you don’t suffer any bite issues.
  • Once this gets done, the dentist sends your dental impression to the lab.
  • On your second and final visit to the dentist, he will place a permanent crown on your damaged tooth.

 

As one of the best dentists in the sunshine coast, we suggest the procedure should be done in at least two visits.

E] Dental Crown Aftercare

Dental Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of teeth and protect weakened teeth from further damage. After getting a dental crown, it is important to take proper care of the crowns to ensure the longevity and health of the crown. Here are some common dental crown aftercare tips: 

1. You May Experience Anaesthetic Numbness After The Procedure

After the procedure is performed, you may experience some anaesthetic numbness in the treated area. This is a common aftereffect of the procedure. It's essential to be cautious during this time to avoid accidentally biting or injuring your cheek, lips, or tongue while they are still numb. 

Be careful of your eating and drinking habits, and avoid hot beverages or foods until the numbness wears off to prevent accidental burns.

2. Avoid Certain Foods During The First 24 Hours

Once the dental crown has been placed and the numbing effect of the anaesthetic has worn off, the patient would be able to chew any food normally. However, it's best to avoid hard, crunchy, sticky and chewy food during the first 24 hours of the procedure to allow the crown to securely cement to the abutment tooth. This will ensure that your dental crown lasts longer. 

3. Take Proper Care Of Your Teeth And Dental Crown

Proper oral care is crucial after getting a dental crown. So make sure you:

  • Start brushing twice a day diligently with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and ensure the crown's longevity. 
  • Flossing is equally important for food particle removal between teeth. 
  • If you are facing challenges while brushing or flossing, consult with your dentist for alternative cleaning methods. 

 

Keep in mind, crowns can still be vulnerable to decay, especially near the gum line therefore it's important to keep the gum line clean. 

If you are wondering how long do crowns usually last, then remember that well-maintained crowns usually last around 15 years on average. However, with proper care, they can last for around 25-30 years. 

4. Take The Pain Medicines Prescribed By Your Dentist

Experiencing some pain or discomfort after the dental crown procedure is normal, and typically it improves without any specific treatment. However, most dentists will prescribe pain medications after the procedure and request you to take them if you are in pain once the anaesthetic has worn down. So, you can take the prescribed analgesic medication to reduce the pain and ease recovery. 

It's common to feel some sensitivity in the gums around the treated area due to dental cement irritation. Therefore taking pain relievers like ibuprofen or using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help alleviate this discomfort.

5. Go To All Scheduled Dental Visits

In order to ensure the dental crown lasts longer you should go for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Brushing and flossing between appointments help, but professional cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and biofilm from hard-to-reach areas. Your dentist will monitor and address any issues promptly. 

Following good oral hygiene and advice from your dentist ensures the ongoing success of your dental crown and overall oral health. Don’t miss any visits, since it's crucial for dental crowns' optimal condition.

F] Benefits And Risk Of Dental Crown Procedure

Dental crowns procedure can treat worn, broken, or decayed teeth and protect them from erosion, improve chewing, and enhance appearance. However, there are also some risks and benefits of dental crown to consider which are as follows:

1. Benefits Of Dental Crowns

  • Dental Crowns Protect Damaged Tooth

 

Dental crowns are often used to cover and protect teeth that have suffered significant damage or decay. They act as a "cap" that covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, preventing further harm and reinforcing its structural integrity.

  • Dental Crowns help Restore Tooth Strength

 

Teeth grinding (bruxism) and clenching can lead to significant wear on the tooth's surface over time. Dental crowns can help restore the tooth's strength and protect it from further damage caused by these habits.

  • Dental Crowns Improve Aesthetics

 

Dental crowns not only fix damaged teeth but also make your smile look better. With materials like porcelain and ceramic, they cover stains, chips, or cracks and effectively restore your teeth to a fresh and renewed state. With their ability to create a straight and uniform look, dental crowns offer you the confidence of a beautiful and healthy smile.

  • Dental Crowns Offer Support & Stability For Loose Teeth

 

Dental crowns offer vital support and stability for loose teeth, easing discomfort and averting further damage. They are custom-made to fit seamlessly over your existing tooth, and blend harmoniously into your smile. 

Beyond these benefits, the dental crown maintains proper alignment of adjacent teeth and safeguards against harmful bacteria, fostering overall oral health. Consult your dentist to discover how a dental crown can be the perfect solution for a loose or damaged tooth, ensuring a healthier, happier smile for the long term.

2. Risks Associated With Dental Crowns

Like any procedure, the dental crown procedure also has risks associated with. You need to be aware of these risks before you get the procedure done. Your dental care provider will definitely describe these to you.  Choosing a right dental provider can help reduce these risks and ensure better outcomes from your procedure:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Allergic reactions to materials used in the crown.
  • Discomfort or pain, especially if the fit is not ideal.
  • Risk of tooth decay around the edges of the crown.
  • Chipping or fracturing of the crown.
  • Temporary nerve irritation or inflammation.
  • Colour mismatch with natural teeth.
  • Rare need for root canal treatment due to pulp damage.

 

G] How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?

The cost of dental crowns can vary based on many factors including the type of crown you choose and area in which you reside. At OrisDental, a porcelain tooth crown costs around $1500. However, if you want to talk about other crowns, don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime you can also check dental fees for other procedures on our website. 

H] Finding the Right Dentist for a Dental Crown in Sunshine Coast

Choosing the right dentist is as important as choosing the right dental crown. If you live in Sunshine Coast then you are well aware about the importance of finding a good local dentist. With numerous options available, it's essential to consider all the factors before you pick a dentist. 

  • Start by looking for a dentist with extensive experience and a proven track record in performing dental crown procedures. 
  • Go through patient reviews and testimonials to gauge their reputation and patient satisfaction.
  • Consider the dentist's qualifications and credentials, ensuring they are licensed and affiliated with reputable dental associations. 
  • Make sure your dentist uses the latest technology and materials for dental crowns. This will ensure better outcomes and long-lasting results.

 

Don't hesitate to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs and ask any questions. A great dentist will provide personalised care, address your concerns, and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and budget.

Conclusion

There is no need to struggle with the dental issues that arise due to decayed or damaged teeth. You can opt for a dental crown treatment to restore your damaged teeth and confidence. Dental crowns are affordable as long as you choose the type that fits your budget well.

Your dentist will fix a dental crown on your tooth that will look exactly like your natural teeth. A dental crown cost will depend on many factors including the area in which you reside. Usually, you can get done with the treatment within $1,500.

If you are looking to get dental crowns treatment in the sunshine coast, you can reach out to Oris Dental. We can help you find the right type of dental crown for your dental issues.

Once you get this treatment done, don’t forget to practise good hygiene to make it long-lasting. Dental after care is essential to all dental treatments and it includes keeping up with your dental hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.

    Drew

    Drew

    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.

    Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!

    Brooke

    Brooke

    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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