Got a fractured tooth and don’t know what to do? Let me explain a thorough dental crown procedure with you.
Hi, it’s Dr Michael Ghobrial here from Sure Dental. I just finished seeing my lovely patient, John from Wavell Heights, who came in with a fractured tooth. He lost a quarter of this tooth over the weekend, unfortunately. And we managed to see him this morning to assess what’s going on, and this particular tooth needs to be reinforced and strengthened with a porcelain crown.
And John’s question is, “Michael, I’ve never had one of these before. How’s it done?” Because he was a little bit anxious about dental treatment. So, I thought I’d make this video so that you could learn what happens in a porcelain crown procedure, just to make sure that you’re getting the quality treatment that you deserve when you do get a crown.
Now, the first stage of it is, just like we did for John this morning, is good assessment. We want to diagnose, make sure that a crown is going to be the ideal solution there, that there’s enough tooth structure, and it’s going to be done well and predictably and comfortably.
The second stage is rebooking John, like we have, to do our crown preparation procedure. Now, this is a procedure that has to be done precisely. So, we would do a whole hour and a half for our patients, so that we can prepare the tooth conservatively. Here at Sure Dental, we are passionate about preserving your tooth structure, and so we follow the biomimetic principles of maintaining as much of your tooth there as possible.
Now, once we’ve prepared the tooth, we want to get a really accurate image of that, and so we use the intra-oral scanner, which is a really accurate 3D scanner that takes an image of what’s going on in the mouth. That is then sent over to our laboratory. Meanwhile, we make a temporary crown that’ll be comfortable for you to wear while your crown is manufactured.
Now, when you’re getting a crown manufactured, please, please, please make sure it is being done here in Australia using TGA-approved materials, the best porcelains available, and preferably a master ceramist who is finishing your crown under a high magnification microscope. We want that crown to be safe. We want to be strong. We want it to seal accurately, so it will last a long time, and we want it to look fantastic. We don’t want people to know that you’ve had a crown. We want them to know that you’ve got a lovely smile.
Unfortunately these days more and more crowns are being sent to be manufactured in 3rd world countries or compromise materials are being used to be able to offer “One visit crowns”.
Make sure your crown is being made here in Australia by one of our world-class ceramists!
Once we do the preparation appointment, our patients return and we remove the temporary crown, insert that crown, and at that appointment, we again check the fit, make sure everything’s nice and comfortable. We check that it’s easy to clean, that we won’t get food caught in there, and equally important, we want to make sure it looks fantastic. Once we cement that in, our patients are off and running, knowing that that tooth isn’t going to continue to split.
If you have a fractured tooth and want an expert opinion, and you are based around Brisbane, why don’t you visit our website at suredental.com.au, fill in the enquiry form or give us a call 07 3256 9111 and we will organise the complimentary consultation for you.
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