Crowns

Restore teeth to their normal shape and function

A crown is a “cap” that covers your damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth. At our dental practice, the crown is customized to fit comfortably over your natural tooth while matching the color of the rest of your teeth.

The crown restores the size, shape, and function of your teeth and improves the aesthetics of your smile.

What do crowns address?

A crown can effectively address several cosmetic issues, including:

  • Worn down, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Large cavities
  • Missing teeth
  • Implant restoration
  • Root canal restoration
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

What are crowns made of?

Although many types of materials including composite resin and metal alloys are used to make crowns, the most natural and long-lasting results are offered by porcelain and ceramic crowns. These are biocompatible, non-toxic materials that are durable and safe, while they can be customized to precisely match the color of the adjacent natural teeth.

At James Fitzgerald Dental, our cosmetic dental surgeon ensures your crown fits comfortably and looks natural. Before choosing the type of crown, he evaluates many aspects such as:

  • The function and location of the damaged tooth
  • The gum tissue position
  • Your aesthetic goals and preference
  • The color and shade of your natural tooth

What to expect

Every treatment at our Brisbane practice begins with a detailed assessment of your dental, oral, and overall health. Dr. Fitzgerald may order images if required to get a complete picture of your oral health. He may also perform additional procedures such as teeth cleaning, root canal, or others to ensure optimal oral health before placing the crown.

Typically, two visits to our office are needed for the placement of the crown. In the first visit, the dental surgeon prepares the tooth or teeth that will receive the crown. The tooth that requires restoration is then filed gently to ensure the crown fits perfectly. The extent of filing depends on the type of crown chosen. The surgeon may also use a filling material to build up the structure of the tooth if too much of the tissue is lost due to decay or injury.

After the reshaping of the tooth, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth using putty or a paste or by digitally scanning the damaged tooth. A precise impression taken at our office enables us to craft a crown that fits perfectly. This procedure may take up to two weeks and during this time you will be given a temporary crown. Dr. Fitzgerald provides detailed guidelines to ensure proper care of the temporary crown, like avoiding eating sticky foods and chewing gum.

During the second visit, the dental surgeon removes the temporary crown and checks the color and fit of the permanent crown before placing it. A local anesthetic may be used to enhance your comfort while the new crown is cemented in place.

Caring for teeth fitted with a crown

Like natural teeth, crowns can also break and require appropriate care and maintenance. As your natural teeth are not removed for crown placement, it is important to follow a regular oral care routine to prevent tooth decay or cavities of the underlying tooth.

At our practice, we give top priority to preventive dental care and our dental experts provide instructions on taking care of your teeth after the crown placement. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing to clean between the teeth, avoiding hard foods, or very cold foods including ice. Scheduling regular appointments at James Fitzgerald Dental is the best way to get regular and thorough dental health check-ups and prevent serious issues such as decay or infections.

Book an appointment today to find out more about dental crowns.