Crowns and Bridges
At St Mark Dental and Medical Group, we strive to help our patients achieve better oral health and to enjoy the foods they love by repairing broken or damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth with tooth-coloured restorations.
Dental Crowns to Protect the Tooth
A dental crown, sometimes called a ‘cap’ covers the tooth structure in the wake of deep decay, fractures, large chips, root canal therapy or to repair broken teeth. Unlike a dental filling, which seals the tooth, dental crowns are meant to add structure and stability to protect the longevity and function of the tooth.
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials.
Full gold crowns – often the choice for posterior (back) teeth that absorb more force when chewing
Porcelain fused to metal – tooth-coloured crowns with an underlying metal component for added durability
All-porcelain crowns – the most natural-looking type of dental crowns that provide the greatest aesthetics for front teeth
The Dental Crown Procedure
We strive to provide gentle and comfortable dentistry and will thoroughly anaesthetise the tooth before beginning the procedure.
One of our dentists, Dr Evet Ishak, Dr David Bashout or Dr Mina Azmi, will remove decay and damaged tooth structure to ensure a good fit and healthy function for the crown. After reshaping the tooth, our dental team will take an impression of the area and a bite registration to forward to our local dental lab to use in the creation of the custom dental crown to ensure proper fit.
Your dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth that will protect it while the laboratory creates the permanent crown. Once we receive the final restoration, your dentist will cement it to the tooth and make any final adjustments to ensure the bite comes together correctly.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge relies on dental crowns on healthy adjacent teeth to hold an artificial tooth in place, filling the gap in the smile. While the two procedures are similar, dental bridges are a single, three-tooth unit. In most cases, a porcelain or porcelain fused to metal option is possible for the highest aesthetic results.
Caring for Your Dental Crowns and Bridges
It is important to practise common sense caution and avoid chewing hard candy or ice, which can damage natural teeth, dental crowns and bridges. Maintaining good oral hygiene at home along with regular check-ups and cleans in our Wolli Creek or Monterey dental practices will also help keep gums and teeth healthy.
Dental bridges require some special attention to remove food particles and debris from under and around the bridge. Our dentists can recommend some commercially available products to make looking after your bridge more convenient.
We Welcome New Patients
If you have broken teeth or a missing tooth and want a solution, we welcome you to contact our dental practice to learn more or to arrange a booking.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Contact us for more information. Rebates may vary depending on your individual health fund.