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Why You Need Crowns on Teeth

March 9, 2022
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Posted By: Bell Hill Dental
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Have you noticed that some of your teeth don't look or function like they used to? Maybe you've started getting food stuck in some teeth due to cracks and deformities, or perhaps you are feeling pain in some cases. Due to diet, lack of dental upkeep, or conditions like bruxism, our teeth can suffer damage and the effects of wear and tear. Does that mean you need an extraction? Not necessarily! When teeth are structurally compromised, dental crowns can rescue and restore appearance and functionality.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns (also known as tooth crowns, or just crowns) sit on top of a structurally compromised tooth or a dental implant and are nearly indistinguishable from existing natural teeth. Generally, a dentist cleans and shapes a damaged tooth, removing the unstable or decayed parts. Afterwards, the tooth is ready for a dental crown. To ensure the perfect shape and fit, a dentist will create a dental crown custom to your smile. Once the custom-milling process is complete, a dentist can attach the crown with dental glue or cement, leaving you with a fully functioning, cosmetically restored tooth. In some situations, patients can experience a massive relief in pain and anxiety about a tooth and feel more confident in their smile's cosmetic appearance thanks to a properly-placed dental crown.

What Are Crowns Made Of? 

Depending on the practice you visit, dental crowns consist of a few different materials that include:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Base metal alloy 
  • Gold alloys 

Each material has its pros and cons, but with diligent upkeep, patients can prolong the life and efficacy of their crowns. And for those curious about how much a tooth crown might cost in NZ, the type of material can influence the total. Please call our practice at 03-477 8387 for more information on pricing and dental crown procedures.

When Should I Consider Dental Crowns?

At Bell Hill Dental in Dunedin, we like to evaluate each patient's specific dental needs during a consultation. Consultations allow us to determine if dental crowns are the right choice or if we should consider other options. However, we may recommend dental crowns in some of the following situations:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with large cavities
  • Significant cracks or chips in a tooth
  • Worn down teeth from grinding, clenching, or from diet and lifestyle 

Although we may recommend dental crowns and other treatments to some of our patients, we offer plenty of transparency and provide information on all of the pros and cons associated. We leave the decision entirely to their discretion while giving guidance based on the initial consultation.

How Much Is a Tooth Crown?

Due to the custom nature of a dental crown procedure, the cost varies per patient. At Bell Hill Dental, we can evaluate each patient's situation and provide an accurate estimate based on their needs. New and existing patients near Dunedin who are interested in dental crowns can arrange consultations with our friendly dentists online.

How Can I Benefit From Dental Crowns?

Whether you are concerned about your cosmetic dental appearance or you've started having pain accompanied by trouble eating some of your favourite foods, dental crowns can offer improvements in comfort, appearance, and functionality in everyday life. Patients who undergo successful dental crown procedures can expect some of the following benefits:

  • The improved structural integrity of a previously weak tooth
  • Enhanced cosmetic appearance
  • More uniformity in a smile
  • Potential for increased self-esteem in social situations
  • Alleviation of pain from cracks, chips or cavities
  • Improvement of oral health by decreasing the risk of decay or food staying lodged in teeth

Safeguard The Longevity of Your Dental Crowns 

At Bell Hill Dental, we want our patients to have long-lasting results after any procedure, especially dental crowns. Each patient's teeth present their own needs and challenges, but a good combination of lifestyle choices and diligent oral upkeep can increase the longevity of your dental crowns. Patients can get the most out of their implants by doing some of the following:

  • Avoiding smoking tobacco 
  • Eating a healthy diet, friendly to your oral health 
  • Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash twice daily 
  • Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night or using a mouthguard while playing sports 
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings 
  • Avoid stains on dental crowns by limiting beverages like coffee and red wine. 

Many of the regular practices that benefit your overall oral hygiene can prolong the lifetime of your dental implants and keep your smile in excellent condition! Feel free to ask out staff for tips and guidance on maintaining your dental crowns for the years to come.

Other Uses For Dental Crowns 

As previously mentioned, dental crowns play a crucial role in a dental implant procedure, but what other ways can patients benefit from dental crowns? We may recommend dental bridges to patients with missing teeth in some cases. In these situations, a dental crown fills the gap left by a missing tooth and gains support from two other crowns on the existing teeth surrounding it. Please get in touch with our staff if you have more questions about dental bridges.

Visit Our Friendly Practice in Dunedin

We warmly invite new and existing patients to arrange an appointment with our staff at their earliest convenience. You can reach our practice by calling 03-477 8387 or booking online. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health!