Crowns and Bridges in Darwin
At Casuarina Square Dental Care, our dentists are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. This sometimes requires repair to one or more teeth that may be damaged or decayed.
We offer attractive and durable solutions that will restore both the appearance, as well as all the function, of patient smiles.
- What Is a dental crown?
- Why do I need a crown and not just a filling?
- What does a dental crown do?
- How do I care for a dental crown in Darwin?
- What Is a dental bridge?
- Dental Implants in Darwin, NT
What is a dental crown?
A crown is typically made of porcelain that is customised to match the natural teeth. It is designed to strengthen the tooth when a dental filling can not fully repair damage or decay. After the tooth is prepared to receive the crown, it covers the remaining tooth structure like a “cap,” protecting the entire tooth.
A crown functions like a natural tooth, and with a dental crown, patients chew, brush and floss normally.
Porcelain dental crowns are often used to repair a back molar that has become fractured because of a large, old filling. When too much of the tooth structure has been removed, replacing the filling is not an option. This restoration will save the tooth and make it strong enough to withstand the force of chewing.
Dental crowns are also used cosmetically to cover up a tooth that is misshapen, stained or otherwise flawed.
Why do I need a crown and not just a filling?
A filling is ideal for restoring the damage left by tooth decay, which typically leaves a small hole, or cavity, in enamel. A filling, however, cannot correctly repair or support more extensive damage to teeth, such as cracks. When teeth sustain trauma or decay, or fractures beyond the scope of a filling, a dental crown can restore them more effectively.
Your Darwin dentist will also likely recommend a dental crown after root canal treatment. Removing the living tissue from the tooth root as is done in a root canal potentially leaves the tooth brittle and prone to fracture. A dental crown will strengthen the tooth and enable it to withstand the force of chewing.
What does a dental crown do?
A crown is designed to cover the remaining tooth structure completely. Most crowns are porcelain restorations intended to mimic a natural tooth. Crowns also protect the integrity of the root, such as biting, chewing, talking and smiling.
Dental crowns are also ideal for anchoring dental bridges and are often part of a smile makeover plan. Porcelain crowns are used to restore single dental implants and offer excellent longevity and durability with the right home care and regular check-ups.
At Casuarina Square Dental Care, we use the highest quality dental materials available for our patients’ restorations, providing function and aesthetics designed to last for many years. Call our Casuarina dental office today if you've got questions about our services.
How do I care for a dental crown in Darwin?
Dental crowns in Darwin are strong and durable, and you don’t need to do anything special to take care of your tooth cover. Dental crowns cannot develop decay the way your natural teeth can, but decay can take hold beneath the crown, so good oral hygiene that includes regular brushing and flossing is crucial. Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for check-ups and cleans to ensure your gums are healthy and to check the integrity of your restoration.
What Is a dental bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth, normal daily activities such as eating and talking can become a challenge. You might also feel self-conscious about smiling. A dental bridge may be a solution to replace one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge consists of prosthetic teeth that are secured to crowns adjacent to the missing teeth. We customise each dental bridge to match natural teeth, so it blends in with each patient's smile.
It's essential to replace missing teeth because leaving a space in the mouth usually means the remaining teeth will begin to shift. This can compromise the bite and cause undue wear. It can even lead to more tooth loss.
Dental Implants in Darwin, NT
Dental implants provide a convenient solution for one or more missing teeth. They mimic natural teeth, replacing both the root and the crown of the tooth.
A few strategically placed implants can also support a denture, which is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. The denture clips into position and is held in place by the dental implants. This provides a secure and stable fit with no movement or slipping when talking or eating while also protecting jawbone health.
A Warm and Friendly Team at Casuarina Square Dental Care
We focus on quality and comfort at Casuarina Square Dental Care. Dr Cohen, Dr Marshall, Dr Nineham and Dr Vlazny have almost 100 years of collective experience, so you can rest assured that you are in excellent hands when you choose us for your dentistry.
You are welcome to call us and learn more about the options we have to restore your smile.