Dental Crowns

Crowns are used to rebuild and restore weak, yellowed or damaged and crooked teeth and can dramatically enhance your smile.

Crowns are a high strength cover crafted from dental porcelain that fits over weakened teeth. During your examination, Dr Michael Kan will discuss the best options to rebuild your current smile.

Crowns are like a crash helmet that is placed over a tooth to strength it, or to improve its appearance. They can be made out of a number of materials such as gold, porcelain fuse to metal, and ceramic (lithium disilicate glass-ceramic (Emax), zirconia). The crown is bonded to the reduced natural tooth so is it permanently attached. This will strengthen the tooth and replace any missing structures caused by a fracture or previous fillings. The colour and shape of the crowned tooth can be changed, usually, we match the colour of the crown to the neighbouring teeth.

What does a dental crown cost?

$1200 to $1995 each. The cost of dental crowns do vary depending on materials. Using overseas labs can reduce the cost of crowns. I have tried a number of overseas labs from a price point reason, but I have found they do not meet the level of quality I can get from the best locally based ceramist technicians.

What results are possible with crowns?

Crowns can be made to look so natural they can be mistaken for natural teeth.

What are the benefits of crowns?

Crowns can restore teeth to look their best when in the past the tooth would have been lost. Crowns strengthen, align, and can change the colour of a dark tooth. Placing multiple crowns can transform smiles.

What are the pros and cons of crowns?

Crowns can align, strength, and made to look natural. The biggest decision when considering a crown is how much natural tooth reducing is needed, and what alternatives there are that use less natural tooth reduction.

What are the alternatives to crowns?

To reduce the amount of natural tooth reduction to crown a tooth we consider other methods such as porcelain veneers, porcelain overlays, and porcelain inlays. We can even consider restoring the tooth with composite resin, this material will need the least amount of tooth reduction to restore the tooth. But in many cases crowning the tooth is the best option.

What makes Cosmetic Dental unique for crowns?

For smile makeovers, it is not uncommon to crown every tooth in the month to give our patients the best smile. We know our patients invest a lot of time and money into their teeth, so it is our nature to make sure all aspects of the crown procedure has to be done to the highest standards, plus we give a five-year warranty on material fracture.

What happens during a crown procedure?

The first appointment we prepare the tooth for a crown, impressions are taken and a temporary crown is placed. At the next appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent crown is bonded. We also have cad cam technology (CEREC) where the crown is made and fitted at the same appointment.

How long do crowns last?

With the strength of the modern-day materials used to construct crowns, it is not uncommon for the crown to last a lifetime. But if there is a failure it is usually the natural tooth structure that gets dental decay, or natural tooth fractures supporting the crown.

How can I look after my crown?

Because a crown follows the natural contours of the tooth, regular home care with dental floss, brushing and the other utensils that you use to clean your teeth, along with regular visits to your dentist are all you need to look after your crowns.

Case Studies

Patient wanted whiter teeth, three of her front teeth had gone dark and her front teeth had broken.

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Solution: Internal whitening for the three dark teeth and two crowns on her two front teeth to restore her smile.

This 41 year old patient had been to another dentist to improve her smile. After they had completed treatment, she did not like the result of her new smile

Solution: Three porcelain veneers and one porcelain crown were bonded on her 4 front upper teeth. She now loves her new smile.

View more dental crown case studies.

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