Dental Crowns & Bridges Brisbane

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Dental Crowns and Bridges assist in alleviating your oral health issues by providing a number of benefits to you and your teeth. The benefits of a crown can range from providing additional support and protection to a fractured natural tooth, damaged teeth, and teeth that have had a root canal. They can also provide multiple aesthetic improvements from color, shape, size and more. Dental crowns can improve dental health and your smile. Natural teeth in need of repair are candidates for a dental crown procedure.

The primary purpose of dental crowns is to provide protection and strength to a compromised tooth. Depending on why the dental crown is recommended initially, it is important to select the best material for the specific case. There are many different kinds of dental crowns made from a variety of materials, each with their own pro’s and con’s.


FAQS about Dental Crowns & Bridges

Common Questions about Crown and Bridges

What are functions of a Crown or Bridge?
To protect the tooth or multiple teeth from further breakdown a dental crown or bridge is a dental restoration procedure that includes a temporary crown until the final crown and/or dental bridge is ready from the dental laboratory. A dental crown covers a single remaining tooth structure, while a dental bridge is typically for multiple teeth. A dental bridge is anchored to a natural adjacent tooth or teeth.

Improves the aesthetics of a tooth/teeth

Everyone wants a lovely smile. At Skygate Dental we are here to help you get that smile. If you have missing teeth, our dental restorations for your front teeth, or a fractured tooth or from severe tooth decay will get you back to the smile you deserve.

Modern crowns are generally made tooth coloured. They can also be made in different shades should you wish to adjust the natural teeth shade you already have.

Helps restore the size and shape of a tooth that has be damaged

Wear and tear on natural teeth, gum disease or gum recession can mean over time crowns are required. Crowns or partial crowns (a dental filling or ceramic inlay) will protect teeth that don’t need removal. While good oral hygiene is always the best defence against tooth decay genetics and accidents are contributing factors. At Skygate Dental we’ll restore your teeth to their natural size and shape.

The First Stage:

Dental Crown or Bridge preparation

When you undergo dental treatment by a professional dentist for a new dental crown your first appointment will be to prepare your normal tooth for the crown. This will require X-rays of the tooth and surrounding area. This will aide in examining the roots of your teeth, tooth structure as well as the surrounding bone. This is important to ensure there is no infection below the tooth’s surface. You will be fitted with a temporary crown while your permanent crown is made at the Dental lab.

The steps involved in preparing the existing teeth are;

  1. Damage removal – any damaged or decayed areas are removed
  2. Cleaning – the tooth is cleaned and disinfected (root canal treatment may be required to repair the inside of the tooth)
  3. Filling – the tooth is filled to seal the tooth
  4. Smoothing – the existing tooth is smoothed to allow for the crown placement

Prior to commencing any work our dentists will discuss the procedure with you.

Skygate Dental’s appropriately qualified health practitioner will consult with you to ensure you understand the options for the type of crown best suited to your situation. We will also discuss the process of getting a dental crown. The steps involved are:

  1. Numbing the tooth
  2. Taking impressions and evaluating the shade of the existing teeth
  3. Preparing the tooth
  4. Take the final impression
  5. Fabricate a temporary crown
  6. Cement the permanent crown

While crowning a tooth is a relatively safe and easy invasive procedure carries risks. Any surgical or invasive procedure needs to be discussed and agreed on prior to commencing treatment.

Your dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the region with the tooth. This is necessary so the whole procedure is pain free. Next, your tooth will be prepared in a conservative manner to preserve as much tooth structure as possible; while at the same time allowing for sufficient room for the dental crown and its necessary strength.

In some instances the dentist may need to rebuild or repair portions of the tooth during the dental crown preparation procedure. This is necessary as the tooth is providing the retention and resistance form for the new crown. After the dental crown preparation has been completed, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth for the lab technician to allow the dental lab to create the dental crown.

During the process of the dental crown construction, a temporary dental crown will be made to protect and seal your tooth until the dental crown is ready. During the temporary dental crown stage it is important that you still clean your teeth to make sure the gums remain healthy. It is however, important to floss with great caution, as in some stances you can dislodge the temporary dental crown. If this happens do not become overly concerned, it is best to call the dentist as soon as possible and a new temporary dental crown can be constructed.


On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed. The tooth is then prepared (cleaned); then a permanent adhesive is used to cement the crown into place. During the next 24 hours your new tooth will feel different, as it will take the body time to become used to the new tooth form. During the insertion procedure the dentist will check the bite to ensure the dental crown is seating properly; however, it is best to go easy on the new tooth for the first few days to ensure it has settled and feels comfortable.


Skygate Dental offers several dental crown solutions. The most common dental crowns use these materials:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
  • Monolithic Zirconia
  • Porcelain Fused to Zirconia (PFZ)

Material Choice & Differences

With the advent of modern dental crowns, it is more important than ever to review and determine the best type of dental crown based on your needs and preferences. At Skygate Dental we ensure we use the best crowns available to ensure an optimal outcome. A dental crown is sometimes called a permanent crown as they can last from 5 to 30 years depending on the type of permanent crown, oral care and regular dental check-ups. The crown procedure will be discussed with you in detail prior to the treatment.

Gold Dental crowns Brisbane

Gold Dental Crowns were one of the first crowns widely used in dentistry. Mainly due to the fact that gold alloy is extremely durable as well as bio compatible (one of the least reactive metal to oral tissue).

Given gold’s high tensile strength and durability they can be made quite thin, allowing for greater preservation of the original tooth structure comparatively to most crowns. Being purely metal gold crowns have the potential to last up to 20 years or more.

The main potential draw backs to gold are aesthetics and thermal transference. Thermal transference can occur with all metals. Typically this result in a temporary increase to sensitivity around hot and cold foods and drinks. Though patients with high initially sensitivity may be advised to consider an alternatives.

Additional, aesthetically speaking gold is not for everyone, depending on the placement location alternatives may be recommended for a better aesthetic finish.

Porcelain Dental crowns

Porcelain dental crowns are made from porcelain and provide a very natural tooth finish. A porcelain crown can often times provide one of the highest aesthetic finishes available.

A porcelain crown is bonded to the tooth, fitting over it and restoring the tooth to its original size, strength and function.

Porcelain crowns can endure anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Porcelain crowns are sometimes called a permanent crown. It is important to remember that the lifespan of a dental crown is determined by a number of factors, including the amount of wear and tear on the dental crown, your oral practices and frequent dental check-ups.

Porcelain Fused to Metal crown

Porcelain/metal crowns (PFM) are metal crowns with a layer of porcelain fused on the metal. This permanent crown makes them almost as durable as a pure metal crown but a lot more aesthetic.

Monolithic Zirconia Dental crowns

The Monolithic Zirconia dental crown is fabricated with computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technique. It is made from a single piece of monolithic zirconium oxide ceramic ingot by computer controlled cutting and sintering.

There are two types of monolithic zirconia materials; opaque and translucent zirconia. Opaque zirconia offers significantly greater flex strength and is for the posterior regions of the mouth, while translucent zirconia has the more natural aesthetic appearance but for lower mechanical properties.

Porcelain fused to zirconia (PFZ) crown material

These dental crowns are made from porcelain and zirconia by combining the two elements. The metal they produce is of high quality and unmatchable. The porcelain is the base and the zirconia is the whiteness of the tooth. This type of dental crown combines strength, durability and is aesthetically pleasing.

Why you have been recommended a Dental Crown or Dental Bridges

There are a number of situations in which a dentist may consider a tooth for a dental crown. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Teeth with a large dental restoration (Large Fillings)
  2. Heavily decayed tooth
  3. A tooth which has had root canal therapy
  4. Broken tooth / Severely damaged tooth
  5. Cracked tooth
  6. Aesthetics

All of the above reasons can generally indicate the need for a dental crown. It is important to discuss all dental procedures including dental crowns with the dentist prior to commencing any treatment.

Bridges provide an option for filling gaps or spaces left by missing teeth. Further, dental bridges fill missing spaces by fusing more than one crown together. Case selection for dental bridges is very high. As the adjacent teeth need to be strong and suitable to support the increased loading. Thus, our Skygate dental team will go through a full assessment to determine suitability.

The majority of dental crowns these days are called all-ceramic crowns. All-ceramic crowns offers the ability for improved aesthetics, when compared to the traditional ceramic-metal crowns. As all ceramic crowns are all silica/glass based; providing greater translucency and optical properties . Another commonly used crown for improved strength would be a zirconia-based crown.

Why Skygate Dental?

Weekend Dental Crowns Brisbane

There is never a good time to require a dental crown. Thankfully we are here when you need us. We offer dental crown procedures 7 days a week, with no additional costs on weekends, we can keep your dental crowns cost down. We honour private health insurance and have multiple payment plan options for your convenience.

Decay or Broken tooth, we have you covered

Whether it is tooth decay, broken down teeth, a damaged tooth and more our dentist’s office has you covered.


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