In certain situations where teeth are damaged, a dental crown (or "cap") is needed. Generally, this occurs when:

  1. A large portion of a tooth requires filling
  2. Certain types of trauma or damage to a tooth has occurred
  3. Root canal treatment is performed
  4. Aesthetic reasons, like cosmetic alteration, particularly of visible teeth
  5. Prevention of teeth at risk of breaking and needing to be extracted (removed).

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

What is the process for getting a dental crown?

The below video shows the process, reasons for costs, what a good result looks like, plus some pros and cons of getting a dental crown.

Do I need a dental crown?

There are a number of factors that need to be considered before getting a dental crown. Your dentist is the best person in doing a thorough check-up and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having crowns put in place.

As a rule of thumb, if a filling is holding a tooth together more than the tooth is holding the filling, the tooth would benefit from having a crown fitted. Call us on (08) 9881 5573 or contact us via other methods to get an opinion from one of our dentists.

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