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Porcelain Crowns Brisbane CBD Dentists

Porcelain crowns are a highly aesthetic cosmetic dentistry procedure. A porcelain crown will restore strength, functionality, shape and size to a tooth, improving the appearance of your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Crowns

A porcelain crown is custom-made to cover the entire crown of the tooth, which means it finishes right at the gum line. Since a porcelain crown encapsulates the tooth as the whole, this type of dental restoration is commonly used to treat large cavities and strengthen the overall structure of the tooth.

A porcelain crown will protect and strengthen a tooth that cannot be adequately repaired with a white filling or other dental procedure. Our dentists will only recommend a crown when the tooth is in danger of failing or when a cavity threatens the overall health of the tooth.

Indications for Porcelain Crowns

Broken, Fractured or Decayed Teeth

Replace Old, Cracked or Failing Fillings

Cover Dental Implants

Cosmetic Enhancement

Restore your Natural Smile

Professional Consultation

Before the dentist can place a crown on one of their client’s natural teeth, they must first prepare the tooth; this includes removing some bits of the natural tooth permanently. Since some of the natural tooth is removed, our dentist will only decide to use a crown when the structure of the tooth is in danger of failing, or when a cavity threatens the overall health of tooth.

Our dentists, with many years of dental experience, are especially helpful when discussing their clients’ individual situation. Providing valuable advice with the decision making, they will discuss the overall affordability of the available dental options and the benefits to your teeth, smile and overall health. You will be supported, whichever option you feel is right for you.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is basically an artificial tooth, which is made to look, act and function just like a normal tooth. The hollow tooth-shaped porcelain crown is cemented into place over your original tooth, or it is used to replace a tooth as part of a dental implant procedure.

The "crown" acts like a cap and completely covers the entire visible portion of your tooth that sits above your gum line. The colour, shape and size is meticulously mapped to ensure that the resulting crown blends and resembles your natural tooth enamel. We want you to feel confident with your smile, and porcelain crowns by Brisbane CBD Dentists will leave your teeth and smile protected for years to come.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

The reason dentists recommend porcelain crowns is to restore the strength and integrity of your teeth. Any tooth that has been damaged or is no longer structurally sound may be retained by the use of a porcelain crown. Common reasons for porcelain crowns include:

  • Protecting a weak, cracked or damaged tooth by holding it together and preventing further damage and therefore extraction.
  • Replacing old or failing fillings or where a tooth has partially broken by covering and supporting the remaining dental structure.
  • Restoring length to worn and damaged teeth.
  • Following an extraction to complete the dental implant process.
  • Restoring strength following root canal therapy.
  • Holding dental bridges in place.
  • Enhancing discoloured or misshapen teeth as part of a cosmetic make-over.
Why is a Porcelain Crown recommended?

There’s no getting around the fact that any procedure in dentistry that has the word “porcelain” in front of it, is an expensive item.  From this point of view, it’s not unreasonable to ask why a crown is recommended, and why a more affordable white resin filling is not recommended. 

The bottom line is that a white resin filling, in most cases, is a formidable treatment option and is sometimes chosen by clients who cannot justify the cost of a porcelain crown.  Placing a large white resin into a moderate or large cavity will offer some solutions for a medium term period of time. 

Usually, a crown will eventually need to be placed, if the objective is to keep the tooth for life.  Placing a resin now and planning to crown the tooth can work.

Sometimes, unfortunately, the tooth is lost before the client gets around to upgrading to the crown. Keeping a close eye on a resin filling is an imperative part of preventative dentistry, and we will always discuss each individual situation on its merit and offer the best treatment options for your circumstances.

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Do Porcelain Crowns last forever?

The short answer is NO.  While it is possible that a porcelain crown can last forever, most of the time it will eventually need to be replaced.  Clients at Edward Street Dental are given a 7 year structural guarantee.  Our dentists will only recommend a porcelain restoration if they believe it will offer a solution of 10 years or longer.  And, in the majority of cases, the tooth being protected by the porcelain, will last forever.  Like natural teeth, the porcelain material will wear slowly, and eventually become too thin and fracture.  But this will normally take 7-20 years.  The role of the porcelain is to protect hollow and broken down teeth from future fracture.  The idea is that the porcelain protects the tooth from ageing and breaking.  The porcelain slowly wears so that the tooth stay intact.  So when the time comes, many years later, to replace the porcelain, the tooth remains stable and strong. 

TRIOS Digital Scanning Technology for Porcelain Crowns

The Porcelain Crown Procedure

Porcelain Crowns are manufactured in a dental laboratory by a highly skilled team of Dental Ceramists, who work closely with our dentists. This means that Porcelain Crown restorations are made in two visits. The first consultation will involve preparing and scanning the teeth, and the second to permanently fix and place the porcelain restoration.

At Edward Street Dental, we use modern digital technology to produce the most aesthetic, accurate fitting, and longest lasting porcelain restorations. Macro-lens digital photography is used to take numerous images of the surrounding teeth to accurately match the colour and character of the porcelain crown with the surrounding natural teeth.

The highly advanced Trios Scanner is used to capture a digital impression of the prepared teeth. This impression is sent to the dental lab for fabrication. For patients, this is a significantly more comfortable experience than the mouth full of impression material. Also, the turn around time between visits is half the time it used to be when traditional impression material was used. The Trios Scanner software also uses shape of the surrounding teeth to design the porcelain restoration, resulting in a porcelain crown that “belongs” in the company of the existing natural teeth.

With the best technological advances in dentistry, and over 23 years in the dental industry, our team are able to provide their clients with the most comfortable, longest lasting and natural looking porcelain restorations.

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
a beautiful smile with crowns

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Before Porcelain Crown Restoration After Porcelain Crown Restoration

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before crowns after crowns

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