Dental Crowns and Bridges Melbourne
Crowns and bridges are custom-made restorations that can improve tooth strength, function and appearance.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps, are a form of extremely durable dental restoration that covers the entire visible part of your natural tooth. They are commonly used to restore damaged teeth and return them to their natural size, shape, and colour. They are usually made from porcelain, colour-matched to your teeth, and shaped according to your natural smile.
Crowns are recommended for:
- Protecting cracked or fractured teeth
- Strengthening teeth that have been compromised by large, failing fillings
- Repairing extensively damaged teeth
- Re-enforcing teeth weakened by root canal treatment
- Reshaping unattractive teeth as part of your cosmetic treatment
Dental Crown Costs in Melbourne
Our clinic in Point Cook offers a variety of dental crowns to suit your needs and budget. Porcelain, resin, metal and ceramic crowns are all available, and the cost will vary depending on the type of crown you choose.
The average cost of dental crowns ranges from $1,500 to $6,000. The final cost of your dental crown will be determined by the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the type of dental crown you choose and the materials used.
Porcelain crowns are the most expensive option, but they offer the best results in terms of appearance. Resin crowns are a cheaper alternative, but they are not as strong or durable as porcelain crowns. Metal crowns are the strongest but can be visible if your gums recede. Ceramic crowns provide a good middle ground, offering strength and durability without being as expensive as porcelain crowns. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns but they are more popular among our dental patients.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges are an alternative option for replacing one or more missing teeth by using your existing teeth adjacent to the gap for support. Bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is connected to one or more crowns. These crowns are cemented permanently to your teeth adjacent to the gap, essentially “bridging” the gap and fully restoring your smile.
Bridges are recommended for:
- Replacing single or multiple missing teeth
- Preventing the drifting of the adjacent teeth
- Improving chewing efficiency
- As an alternative to dental implants
Dental Bridge Costs in Melbourne
The Point Dental offers a variety of dental bridge options, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges and Maryland bridges. We will work with you to determine the best type of dental bridge for your needs.
If you visit The Point Dental, the average cost of your dental bridge is likely to be in the range of $2,000 to $5,000. The final cost of your dental bridge will be determined by the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the type of dental bridge you choose and the materials used.
We understand paying for dental care can be difficult. So we offer financing options to make your dental care more affordable. Call us today to learn more about our payment options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any risks of getting a dental crown or bridge?
Yes, any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. You should only consider having this procedure done by an appropriately qualified health practitioner, and before proceeding, it may be wise to seek a second opinion.
How long do dental crowns last?
A dental crown’s lifespan depends on several factors, including the type of material used, the location of the tooth, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits. However, most dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years.
Porcelain crowns and dental crowns made from ceramic are typically the longest-lasting, while metal crowns may need to be replaced more frequently. Composite resin crowns are somewhere in the middle, offering a good balance of durability and aesthetics.
I’ve been told I need a crown. Should I get a second opinion?
If your dentist has recommended that you get a tooth crown or dental implant, it is always best to get a second opinion. This way, you can ensure that the procedure is necessary and that you are getting the best possible treatment.
What is the process of getting a dental crown?
Once you have decided on the crown material you need, we will take an impression of your tooth/teeth and send it off to our dental laboratory. A temporary crown may be fitted in the interim. They will then create your custom crown, which will be made to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth.
Once we receive your new permanent crown back from the lab, we will remove the temporary crown and check that it fits correctly and make any necessary adjustments. Once we are happy with the fit, we will bond it to your tooth using a special dental adhesive.
What’s involved in getting a bridge?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits to the dentist. At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the space by removing some of the enamel and natural tooth structure to make room for crowns. Impressions of your remaining teeth are made, which are used to create the pontic and crowns. A temporary bridge may be placed while you wait for the permanent bridge to be created.
At your second appointment, the permanent bridge will be checked for fit and then cemented into place.
Is a crown considered major dental work?
A tooth crown is a restoration that covers the entire surface of a tooth. It is used to restore the function and appearance of compromised teeth damaged by decay or injury, including:
- A broken tooth
- A damaged tooth
- A weak tooth
- A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Missing teeth
While a dental crown is often considered to be major dental work, it is often necessary to protect the remaining structure of the tooth and restore its function. In some cases, a crown may also be used for cosmetic purposes.
Is getting a dental crown painful?
No, getting a dental crown is not painful. The procedure is minimally invasive and usually only takes a few minutes. You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but it should not be painful.
If you wish to replace missing teeth with a solution that is almost identical to your natural teeth, you may want to consider dental implants.
At The Point Dental, all our custom-made restorations are of the highest quality and are precisely designed to provide you with a naturally beautiful smile. With proper care, a properly fabricated and fitted crown can last you a lifetime.
Dental Bridges & Dental Crowns Melbourne
For more information regarding the materials and treatments available for crowns and bridges or any other questions relating to your dental needs, contact our friendly team of dentists in Melbourne’s Point Cook.
For more information regarding the materials and treatments available in regards to crowns and bridges, contact us at our Melbourne practice.