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  • Crowns

    A dental crown, left, fitted to a ceramic cast.

    In some cases, damage to a tooth is such that a dental crown is needed. Generally, this occurs when:

    1. A large section of a tooth needs to be filled
    2. Root canal treatment is performed
    3. Aesthetic reasons (cosmetic alteration, particularly of front teeth)
    4. Prevention of previously heavily filled teeth from breaking and needing to be extracted (pulled out).

    Picture of a dental crown fitted to a ceramic diagnostic cast.
    Porcelain dental crown (left) fitted to a ceramic diagnostic cast.
    By Bin im Garten (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Do I need a dental crown?

    There are a number of factors that need to be considered when recommending a dental crown. Your dentist would be the best person in doing a thorough check-up and discussing the pros and cons of having crowns done on one or more teeth.

    As a rule of thumb, if a filling is holding a tooth together more than the tooth holding the filling, the tooth will need a crown. If you’re ever in doubt regarding a recommendation of whether a tooth needs a crown, feel free to get a second opinion from one of the other dentists that work in our dental group. Call us on (08) 9301 4088, book online or contact us via other methods to find out more.

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