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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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  • Fillings

    A tooth after restoration by a dental filling

    Fillings are relatively common in Australia and are normally regarded as "minor dental" treatment. A filling is usually necessary when a tooth has been affected by decay or chips as a result of day-to-day function. It can also be needed as a result of trauma to the tooth.

    A molar tooth with a large cavity in the centre
    A molar (rear tooth) with a large cavity in the centre
    By Albert (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    The above tooth with the cavity filled by a composite
    The above tooth with the cavity filled by a composite
    By Albert (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Materials used for fillings

    There are a number of different materials available for fillings. Composite (white fillings) are used commonly nowadays. Amalgam (metal fillings) can still be used but is used only in limited situations. We also use fluoride fillings in some circumstances where the benefits of fluoride are required.

    Do I need a filling?

    Whether a filling is necessary or not depends on multiple factors, such as size of the affected area, diet, oral hygiene, sensitivity and more. Preventing future pain and expense is a good reason for many people to proceed with a filling. Your best bet is to talk to a qualified dentist who can help you determine what your options are. Call us on (08) 9301 4088, book online or contact us via other methods

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