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Understanding Dental Crowns: Enhancing Oral Health and Aesthetics

Along with teeth whitening and veneers, dental crowns are a popular option for those looking to enhance the appearance of their smile. But dental crowns are for more than just aesthetics. They offer at-risk teeth protection from damage, prevent tooth decay, add strength, and improve dental function.

Let’s delve further into how dental crowns enhance oral health and the appearance of your smile, making them a great solution for overall well-being and mouth health.

What are dental crowns, and why are they used?

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A dental crown is a hollow cap surrounding a damaged or vulnerable tooth. It is custom-made for the patient and, once in place, permanently covers the entire tooth above the gum line. A crown can also replace missing teeth when used with an artificial root called a dental implant.

Crowns can also improve the appearance of a tooth by making it stronger and more functional. Your dentist may recommend dental crowns for any of the following reasons:

  • To prevent a tooth that is weak due to decay or an accident from breaking or cracking;
  • To restore broken or missing teeth or close gaps in the smile;
  • To replace a broken or failing filling or to protect a tooth with little structure remaining due to a large filling;
  • To enhance the appearance and function of teeth that have worn down;
  • To restore strength following root canal treatment;
  • To sit atop a metal screw that is attached to the jaw bone, called a dental implant.

The significance of dental crowns for oral health

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Dental crowns have been used to improve oral health for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that the first porcelain tooth ‘jacket’ was made. The use of dental crowns became more popular during the middle of last century, and in recent years, dental crown technology has seen them become safer and more efficient than ever.

Dental crowns are designed to preserve tooth structure by preventing further deterioration. They can be used for protection — in place of fillings or after a root canal procedure. They can also help restore function by correcting bite alignment or restoring tooth shape or size, helping patients chew and speak more comfortably.

Dental crowns can also improve smile aesthetics. During a smile restoration, dental crowns are custom-made to match the natural colour of teeth, enhancing the appearance of a smile and boosting a person’s self-esteem.
Thanks to digital technology, today’s dental crowns offer greater durability and strength, better shape, fit, and convenience for the patient.

Types of dental crowns

Dental crowns can be made from various materials for different circumstances, ensuring durability, appearance, and functionality.

Ceramic or porcelain crowns

Ceramic or porcelain crowns are the best option for front crown placement where a natural appearance is desirable, as their translucency means they are the most realistic-looking material of all options. Fractures that can lead to infections are the only real risk to ceramic or porcelain crowns, so it’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist.

Porcelain fused to metal

Porcelain and metal crowns consist of a metal core that is bonded to the tooth with a ceramic layer over the top to give the tooth its shape and colour. Because they offer strength and aesthetics, they are suitable for placement anywhere in the mouth. Although durability isn’t a problem, their natural look can wear off over time as the gums recede and a metal line shows.

Metal crowns

For the ultimate in strength and durability, all-metal crowns are the way to go. Generally made of alloys, they rarely chip, fracture, or break and don’t cause other teeth to wear. As they are made of a very thin layer, the tooth structure can remain intact because it doesn’t require as much to be removed as other types of crowns. This means they are more likely to stay in place for longer. The biggest (potential) downside with these types of crowns is the gold or metallic appearance.

How to take care of dental crowns

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It’s crucial to care for a dental crown with proper oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing that can help prevent problems, such as gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist will also ensure the crown’s longevity.

Avoid smoking, which can cause the crown to discolour or wear down prematurely, and eating hard or sticky foods, which can cause the crown to break, chip, or dislodge. If a dental crown is causing discomfort, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Read more about the pros and cons of dental crowns to help you decide if they’re right for you.

Ask your dentist if dental crowns are the right solution for you

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From fixing small imperfections to complete smile restorations, there’s no doubt that the solution to a natural-looking smile lies with dental crowns. Because they offer teeth protection and extra integrity, they are also a critically important tool for good oral health.

If you think your smile could be improved or you have oral health concerns, contact Sydney North Shore dentist KB Village Dental at (02) 9964 9166 to make an appointment today. Don’t live with mouth pain or a smile you’re not completely happy with. We will gladly discuss all the options with you to help you make an informed and considered decision.

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The Evolution of Cosmetic Dentistry: Trends and Treatments for 2024

In my years of dental practice, I’ve witnessed remarkable changes in cosmetic dentistry, especially in patient comfort. Gone is the notion of a visit to the dentist being painful or uncomfortable, as efficiency and cutting-edge technology improve the patient experience.

This year is going to be a particularly exciting one, with some of the most innovative trends and treatments to date coming to KB Village Dental.

So, let’s look at what to expect in cosmetic dentistry in 2024.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

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A cosmetic dentist aims to make your smile as beautiful as possible with various procedures to improve the natural appearance of your teeth and gums. However, it’s often the case that improving your smile also benefits overall oral health. Here are some of the common reasons people see a cosmetic dentist:

How technology is revolutionising cosmetic dentistry

Dr Evan in a session with the client for dental checkup

Digital dentistry has transformed our approach. Many procedures are now more precise and less invasive. Here at KB Village Dental, we’ve embraced technological advances in imaging and 3D milling.

Creating a tailor-made solution for patients using digital smile design software gives them more say in the outcome and ensures a perfect, more comfortable fit and a more aesthetically pleasing result.

Another example is computer-assisted 3D-guided surgery for dental implants. The use of this technology has made this dental procedure less invasive and, therefore, less painful for patients. It has also led to greater long-term success of dental implants by ensuring they are optimally placed.

Even dental procedures that require tooth impressions have been revolutionised with intraoral scanners. This technology has improved accuracy and precision for a range of standard procedures, including dental crowns and veneers.

If you’re considering veneers, here are 10 facts about them that you probably don’t know, including how technology has affected their longevity.

The rise of smile makeovers and restorations

Man getting dental treatment

Put simply, smile makeovers change lives. And they are not just for those people who believe beauty and aesthetics are everything. Undergoing a series of dental procedures to transform your smile is growing in popularity because it can boost self-confidence and make you feel more positive in all aspects of your life.

Personalised treatment plans are used to build a smile design. It considers a person’s unique facial structure and dental needs and usually combines various treatments such as dental veneers, orthodontics, or dental bonding

In some cases, 3D milling technology can be used to create dental crowns or dental bridges, which are used to replace damaged or missing teeth. Not only does replacing missing teeth improve your facial structure, but it can also help with chewing and improve your overall oral health. So, as you can see, a smile transformation can do more than just make you look fantastic.

You can read more about what teeth look like after a smile makeover here.

Make teeth whitening a part of your smile makeover

client looking in mirror after dental care

Teeth whitening treatments continue to be a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure for people from all walks of life. The latest, most innovative professional whitening systems offer dramatic results in a single visit, so there’s no longer a need for multiple appointments to achieve glowing smile enhancements.

KB Village Dental also offers very effective at-home whitening kits to help you maintain your smile between dental visits.

See our article on the safety of teeth whitening and how long it lasts for more information on these treatments.

The future of orthodontics goes beyond braces

Another shift in cosmetic dentistry is the advent of new techniques in accelerated orthodontics, which significantly reduce the time it takes treatments to work.

Further innovations such as clear aligners and other invisible solutions are also helping to revolutionise orthodontics by offering discreet, comfortable treatments for adults with crooked teeth or gaps between their teeth. Best of all, these options can often deliver similar outcomes to other methods.

See our article Invisalign vs Braces: The Pros and Cons for more information on these exciting innovations.

Dental technology can’t replace good oral health

Keeping on top of your oral health is essential for protecting tooth structure, which is vital for bone health, speech and maintaining the shape of your face. The trend towards preserving the natural tooth structure means that minimally invasive techniques are now the norm in cosmetic dentistry.

The use of natural-looking materials like porcelain and composite resins has increased as these tooth-coloured fillings provide patients with more aesthetically pleasing results. And we all know that having a beautiful, healthy smile does wonders for our self-esteem as well as being crucial for overall good health and well-being.

Cosmetic dentistry looks toward sustainable practices

Advancements in technology aren’t the only things changing cosmetic dentistry. Another growing trend is the adoption of sustainable practices. At KB Village Dental, we are very proud to be part of a movement towards a more eco-friendly way of operating, including the use of biodegradable and non-toxic materials.

Cosmetic dentistry that will leave you all smiles

KB Village dental associates

It’s the role of dentists such as myself to keep on top of trends and the latest treatments in cosmetic dentistry so that I can provide the best possible care to my patients.

If you are looking for a North Sydney dentist who will go that extra step to make sure you feel calm and comfortable, contact KB Village Dental today to discuss our cosmetic dentistry procedures so that you can step out into the world with confidence.

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Emergency Dentistry: When and How to Seek Immediate Care

When should you make an emergency dentist appointment for a toothache? Does it have to be accompanied by pain and swelling? Can you only make an emergency dental visit after mouth trauma?

Whether you’ve had an accident or a toothache is telling you that you might have an infection, it’s essential to understand when to seek urgent dental care. Let this guide by KB Dental Village help you navigate the most common emergency dental complaints and what treatment you should seek.

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The Child Dental Benefit Scheme at KB Village Dental

At KB Village Dental, we are committed to ensuring that everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, enjoys a lifetime of good oral health. We believe children and young people deserve access to good oral hygiene.

Fortunately, as part of the country’s National Oral Health Plan, the Australian Government’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) is a program all children can access to cover the cost of their dentistry. With over $1000 in benefits over a two-year period, this scheme aims to provide children with essential dental care.

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DVA Gold Card Holders and Dental Treatment at KB Village Dental

KB Village Dental in North Sydney is proud to offer dedicated dental services to our heroic servicemen and women from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. With immense honour and a committed approach, we offer a range of dental treatments with zero out-of-pocket expenses to all DVA Gold Card holders, ensuring they receive the crucial care necessary for optimal oral health.

The Veteran Gold Card gives access to essential healthcare and dental benefits, ranging from basic check-ups to comprehensive dental procedures. Keep reading to discover the benefits, services, and exceptional care available at KB Village Dental for our local DVA Gold Card holder community, supporting their dental well-being.

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Teeth, Mouth Health and Whole-Body Inflammation

Did you know that the health of your mouth can significantly influence your overall well-being?

Often overlooked, this connection between mouth health and whole-body health can be vital to understanding various inflammatory conditions.

Consider this: the bacteria in your mouth are not just local residents. They can journey to other areas of your body. Inflammation starting from your gums can ignite a cascade of systemic inflammation.

The Surprising Link Between Teeth, Mouth Health and Whole-Body Inflammation

This year, Dental Health Week is shining a spotlight on six key conditions linked to oral health: heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, lung conditions, and inflammatory bowel disease. Let’s take a closer look at these connections.

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How Eating Certain Foods Can Help Naturally Whiten Your Smile

The best way to get whiter teeth is through good oral hygiene, periodic dental cleanings and professional teeth whitening. But did you know that certain foods can also assist in whitening your teeth? Here is a list of food and drinks that should be part of your diet for a happy and healthy mouth.

10 foods that naturally whiten your teeth

As well as being part of a healthy diet, some foods can help keep your teeth white. Low-sugar snacks such as fruits and veggies, which are high in vitamins, are good for overall health and whiten teeth by keeping your mouth healthy and helping to prevent gum disease.

 

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10 Astonishing Facts about Dental Veneers That’ll Take You by Surprise

Feeling like your smile isn’t all it could be? Many of our patients are concerned about how their teeth look, whether it’s the colour, shape or alignment. Luckily, there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures to help, ranging from teeth whitening to braces. One of the most popular procedures is dental veneers. So, let’s put a smile on your face with 10 of the most fascinating facts about dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a thin layer of either porcelain or composite resin that sits over the front surface of your tooth. A dental veneer is custom-made to fit a specific, prepared tooth to replicate natural teeth. Though a single veneer can be made, many customers opt to get at least a few of their teeth done, for example, the top row of front teeth.

 

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Invisalign vs Braces – Pros & Cons to Help You Decide

Are you dissatisfied with your smile and looking for a way to straighten your teeth? Orthodontic treatment is the key to achieving a healthy and beautiful smile. But choosing between Invisalign or braces can be tough to decide if you’re not sure which treatment is right for you.

In this article, we’ll compare the pros and cons of Invisalign and braces, the two most popular orthodontic treatments available in Australia. From appearance to cost to treatment duration, we’ll cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision and achieve the smile of your dreams.

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