General Dental Care


What is a Crown?

A crown is a cover made by special technology in a dental laboratory which is placed over your tooth. It is used to protect or repair cracked, broken or heavily filled teeth or to cover discoloured teeth. Crowns can be made up of metals like gold or silver or more often any alloy of various metals, or of Porcelain (Ceramic). Our dentists use their expertise along with modern technology to create a crown which suits the shape and colour of your existing teeth.

Dental Crown

When may I need a Crown on my tooth/teeth?

There are multiple reasons why you may need a crown

  • Replace large fillings

If your tooth/teeth have fillings which are quite large, your dentist may recommend you to have a crown to protect the tooth. When the filling size is big, its longevity becomes questionable and chances that it may break or de-bonds becomes high. This may lead to the failure of the filling. Every time an old filling is replaced the newer filling becomes bigger due to loss of more tooth structure. This is inevitable! So as the filling grows and becomes deeper, the chances that the nerve in the tooth may get damaged increase as well and may lead to the need of a root canal treatment. To avoid these issues, your dentist may recommend you to have a crown on your tooth.

  • Restore broken teeth

Many times teeth will break and leave a big void in the tooth. Your dentist will assess the tooth and decide whether it is restorable or not. If it is restorable your dentist will decide what is the best way to restore it and one of the modalities may be placing a crown on it. Crowns are made in the lab and are virtually unbreakable hence are very strong and long lasting.

  • Following root canal treatment on your tooth

Often teeth which are decayed (rotted) or broken or heavily damaged may cause pain/abscess. In such cases the only way to save the tooth is by performing a root canal treatment on it. It is recommended to place a crown on such a tooth following root canal treatment (RCT). This will increase the chances of success of the RCT by preventing seepage of saliva in through any cracks or failure of the filling and in turn increase longevity of the tooth.

  • Cover discoloured or worn teeth

At times due to several reasons possible teeth may start wearing away. In many such cases your dentist may analyze the reasons of wear and advise you to have multiple crowns on your teeth. Crowns being strong and durable make a strong foundation against wear and hence successfully restore worn teeth. Likewise if teeth are discoloured and placing a filling on it may seem not to be esthetically successful, crowns (or at times veneers) may be a good alternative.

  • Restore missing tooth with a dental implant or a bridge

Restoring missing teeth with a fixed replacement option involves placing crowns in different ways. A bridge involves taking help of the tooth/teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and placing crowns on those teeth along with placing a crown in the gap. An implant involves placing an implant fixture first followed by placing a crown on top of it to restore the missing tooth.

Before and After Crown

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Crowns expensive?
  • How long do crowns last?
  • How do I know whether I need a Crown or not?
  • Can I chew/function normally with my Crown?
  • How can I avoid the need of having any such treatment?
Are Crowns expensive?

Dental crowns cost more as compared to the fillings. This is because of the multiple things that are needed in the process and also that the crowns need to be custom made for your tooth in a dental laboratory. Hence crowns mostly need two different appointments. First one is to prepare the tooth and record its shape and size in an impression material which is sent to the lab to custom made a crown for your tooth. The crown is then fitted onto your tooth once received from the lab. Call us on 3269 2443 or book online to discuss the procedure and costs involved. 

How long do crowns last?

In majority of cases crowns can last decades. You need to take care of crowns by keeping them clean (brushing and flossing) and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean.

How do I know whether I need a Crown or not?

Your dentist will do a check up and may need an X ray to assess whether your tooth/teeth need any crown(s). If you have already been recommended to have a crown and have any questions, call 3269 2443 to book in with dentists at Sandgate Bayside Dental and raise any concerns. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Can I chew/function normally with my Crown?

Crowns are custom made for you which means you should feel minimal discomfort, if at all, after placement of the final crowns. Mostly this will be just a slightly different feeling of something new in your mouth and you will soon get used to it. Most people don’t even feel this and express that straight after having the final crown they were able to chew and function as normal.

How can I avoid the need of having any such treatment?

As the age old saying goes, Prevention is better than cure, take care of your teeth early. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss between your teeth at least once a day. Visit your dentist every 6 months. Besides that, limit the intake of sugary and acidic foods. Watch this video on how to protect your teeth.

About Us

For over 25 years, our practice has been caring for people from Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge, Boondall, Taigum, Woody Point, Clontarf, Margate, Redcliffe and other surrounding areas.

Our main priority is to provide affordable, gentle and quality dental care to the Sandgate and surrounding communities.

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(07) 3269 2443

74 Loudon St, Sandgate
QLD 4017