A dental crown can be fabricated to restore a badly broken down tooth

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Dental Crowns

Sometimes, when a tooth is severely broken down, cracked, or after completing root canal therapy, a dental crown (sometimes referred to as ‘dental caps’ or ‘tooth caps’), may be required.

Dental crowns cover over and encase the tooth, to protect and stabilise the tooth structure.

Crowns are resistant to wear and are very strong once cemented in the mouth.

There are a few types of crowns available including:

  • Full-gold crowns
  • Zirconia (tooth coloured)
  • eMax (tooth coloured)
  • PBM (tooth coloured )

The type of crown used will depend on where the tooth is positioned in the mouth, personal preference, and the dentists recommendations. Our dentists will discuss which option is best for you to determine which type of crown we use.

Crowns are made by a dental technician in a dental laboratory who uses models of your teeth taken by your dentist.

Two or three visits are usually required for the dentist to make a mould, fit a temporary crown in place, glue the permanent crown in place, and make any adjustment that may be needed.

A crown is more complicated than a filling, and specialised impression materials and laboratory fees are incorporated into the fees associated with the costs of a crown.

The dentist can provide you with a quote at your consultation appointment.


Bridgework involves replacing gaps in your mouth where a tooth once stood.

Bridgework can be an alternative to a partial denture or implant, where 1-3 teeth are missing.

A bridge is cemented in place and cannot be removed.

There are a couple of bridgework options available including:

  • Maryland bridge (porcelain or fibre-reinforced composite)
  • Porcelain-bonded-to-metal bridge
  • All porcelain bridge

The Maryland bridge is usually used to replace just one anterior tooth and is minimally invasive to the adjacent teeth. There are two types available; the fibre-reinforced composite Maryland bridge can be completed in chair in just the one appointment.

The porcelain Maryland bridge requires the dentist to take a mould of your mouth, and have the dental technician make up the bridge, and usually requires two appointments.

Because of the lab component involved, the latter is usually a little more in costs than the composite option.

A conventional porcelain-bonded-to-metal bridge can be used to replace 1-3 gaps in the mouth.

It usually consists of 1-2 crowns that are fixed to the teeth on either side of the missing teeth, and false teeth attached to these crowns where the spaces in your mouth are.

This type of bridge is usually stronger than the Maryland bridge, and can generally withstand stronger biting forces.

The type of bridge that is recommended to you will depend on where the space is in your mouth, how heavy you bite down on opposing teeth, and the dentist’s and dental technician’s recommendations.

A full examination and review of your needs will be addressed at your consultation with one of our dentists.

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8431 5696



266 Magill Rd
Beulah Park SA 5067


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Ketteridge Dental Clinic