A brief FAQ about crowns from our dental in Coorparoo
When you have either broken a tooth or it has rotted due to decay, you will be given 3 choices of treatment based on the severity of the tooth’s condition.
The first and most minimal procedure is to have a filling put into the tooth, to restore it from the cavity after scraping away the decay. The most extreme option is to have a full extraction in cases where the tooth cannot be saved.
And finally, if your tooth is somewhere in the middle of the two, you will probably be offered a crown.
Our dental Coorparoo team, at Brisbane Laser Dentist, have the expertise required to perform all manner of restorations with a crown and can help you to rebuild a damaged tooth with this simple technique. Extremely common, crowns incorporate elements of both a filling and a veneer into one, and with our composite material, a crown is no longer a restorative that needs to be obvious.
Over the years, our dental Coorparoo has been asked a wide range of questions about crowns and here, we have answered our 5 most common queries about them for your information.
How do I take care of a crown?
Much like fillings, crowns do not require any special care.
Simply keep the tooth they are on clean, with regular brushing twice a day and ensure you visit our team for biannual check-ups at our dental Coorparoo.
Remember, even though a crown is a partial false tooth, it can still risk coming loose due to gum disease, so be sure to keep your gums in good condition to avoid this issue.
What should I do if it falls out?
It is rare that a crown falls out; if it does, it is probably because there was a chip or crack that has now allowed decay to get underneath it.
However, if you can feel that your crown is coming loose, or has already fallen out, please call our team for an emergency appointment. This will allow us to refit the crown and prevent any further damage to the tooth.
Are there any alternatives?
Not really; if your tooth has so badly degenerated that it needs a crown, then the only other option is to have the entire tooth extracted.
Of course, depending on where the tooth is located, this may be an undesirable choice, so if we recommend a crown, it is your best option for dental restoration.
How long will the crown last?
With the right aftercare, dental crowns can last up to 15 years on average.
If you maintain good oral health and visit our team biannually, we can extend the lifespan of the crown with preventive measures.
Is having a crown fitted uncomfortable?
It shouldn’t be, but it can be a lengthy process.
We have to prepare your tooth to receive the crown, which can take an entire appointment by itself. Then, we have to make the crown to fit the tooth; the fitting itself may take up to an hour depending on the tooth it is being fitted to
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.