Dental Crown Treatment

When teeth are broken, decayed, abnormal shape or root treated, it’s possible that a crown commonly known as cap would be the treatment of choice.

Crowns are generally made from materials such as porcelain, and porcelain/metal combinations. Not only do they make your teeth look more attractive, but they also give them added strength, durability and stability.

Dental Crowns are designed to encase a tooth and restore it to its former function, strength and appearance.

Dental Crowns in Adelaide

A tooth may become weak due to trauma, decay or from extensive dental work such as root canal therapy. A crown will provide a protective cover for your tooth to restore it back to its original form and function. They may be made of high quality porcelain, at MVDC we use local dental laboratories, and no works gets done on overseas dental laboratories, as we pride of using the highest Australian standards.

What’s Involved in Having a Crown

The fitting of dental crowns requires 2 visits.

Initial Visit

  • Precision preparation of the tooth is carried out to ensure your new crown fits and integrates perfectly with your surrounding and opposing natural teeth and bite.
  • Impressions of the tooth are taken, and a
  • A temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is fitted, adjusted and finally cemented into place.

Second visit

  • Temporary crown removed
  • Crown is fitted and cemented

When are Crowns Needed?

Crowns are recommended when damage to a person’s teeth is extreme and there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns are used to…

  • Strengthen teeth, including root canal treated teeth
  • Restore heavily filled/worn teeth
  • Improve the appearance of teeth
  • Protect fractured teeth
  • Accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge

How Long Will Crowns Last?

Crowns are used for long lasting correction of major dental problems. It is not unusual to see crowns that have been in place for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.

The best way to make the most out of your crown is to care for it as you would any other teeth you wish to preserve.

Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily is just as important as ever to help keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with regular hygiene appointments.

Dental Crowns are a common cosmetic treatment, in some cases, a crown might not be the answer, it could be as simple as a veneer or a more complex situation where a root canal might be needed.

Dental Crown FAQ’s

The placement of the crown in your mouth can also play a determining factor in the life of your crown. On average, a crown can last between 10 and 30 years when well cared for.

There are four common materials dentists use to make dental crowns. They include:

  1. all ceramic (porcelain-based)
  2. Zirconia
  3. porcelain fused to metal
  4. gold alloys
  5. base metal alloys

Your crown may not need special care, just the normal care you give to your ‘real’ tooth. It is however important to understand that the underlying tooth is not protected by the crown from decay and gum disease.

This is why you must stick to good oral hygiene practice.

Patients will only need a local aesthetic to remain comfortable during the crowning process. There may be mild toothaches and sensitivity but with painkillers, patient will be fine. But in case the pain is severe and prolonged, make sure you see a dentist.

There is normally a difference when you compare your metal crown to your teeth. However, tooth colour crowns can be made indistinguishable from your existing teeth.


Unlike the real teeth, materials that make the crown don’t respond to whitening treatments.

If you decide to whiten the natural enamel, the crown will be different from the rest of the teeth. As part of your smile makeover, you can whiten your teeth before having a dental crown or replace your crown with a lighter one.


Unlike the real teeth, materials that make the crown don’t respond to whitening treatments.

If you decide to whiten the natural enamel, the crown will be different from the rest of the teeth. As part of your smile makeover, you can whiten your teeth before having a dental crown or replace your crown with a lighter one.

A dental bridge can replace missing teeth. For tooth decay, fillings, onlays and inlays might work. Dental bonding can also restore chipped or cracked teeth instead of a crown. Porcelain veneers or a combination of orthodontics and teeth whitening can help you achieve a purely cosmetic treatment.

Since this is not your natural tooth, you may feel some discomfort and sensitivity. Immediately after the procedure, you may feel some sensitivity on your newly crowned tooth since the anaesthesia will start wearing off.

In case the tooth that was crowned still has a nerve, patients are bound to experience cold or heat sensitivity. A dentist will recommend that you brush your teeth with a toothpaste designed for such teeth.

The sensitivity or pain that occurs when you bite down means the crown is too high on your tooth. This is a problem that can be fixed when you call your dentist. Other problems that could develop include a chipped crown especially those made of all porcelain.

A loose crown can also be a problem especially when the cement washes out from under your crown. Over the years cement can wash off resulting in the crown falling off.

Satisfied Patients

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.