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Dental Crowns in Brisbane

dental crown on fingerDental crowns are dental restorations used to repair damaged teeth. Commonly known as a cap, this tooth-like covering is placed over an existing tooth to restore its function and improve the appearance of your smile. It helps protect a badly damaged or decayed tooth that has lost too much structure and requires more strength and protection than a regular filling can provide.


Great Options for a Healthier Smile

At Excellence in Dentistry, we offer CEREC®, or chair-side, zirconia and porcelain crowns. As one of the few dentists in Brisbane with this technology, we can make and fit ceramic crowns in our clinic in a single visit, allowing us to fine-tune the fitting and reduce your cost and time by eliminating the need for multiple visits.

We offer several options when selecting the material, including

  • Zirconia offers the metal-like strength necessary for restorations. Crowns and bridges made from this all-ceramic material provide natural tooth-like texture and colouring. They offer less flexibility in colour customisation.
  • Porcelain crowns are an excellent choice for highly aesthetic areas, as the colour-match variation is exceptional. Proven durable, they may need a zirconia frame to support them. It is not suited for those who grind their teeth or for use in areas of heavy chewing. Our dentist will discuss the best option for your situation during the initial consultation.

Discovering the Zirconia/Ceramic Advantage

The most significant advantage of using zirconia, which is a ceramic material, for your new crown is its strength and durability. Crowns must handle the pressure your teeth exert while chewing food, and since it’s such a strong material, we often have to do less tooth preparation with zirconia. Another important factor is its biocompatibility; it’s less likely to cause a reaction or immunological response like inflammation.

Porcelain crowns are very durable and may last for many years. They provide the ultimate aesthetic and look much like your natural teeth, especially when used at the front of the mouth in the smile line.

Navigating Our Easy Process

The procedure for one-day crowns follows these simple steps:

  • Preparation of the tooth - our dentist removes a thin layer of enamel to make room for the crown
  • Digital Scan – for CEREC, we use a scanner to take a digital impression to provide our dentists with precise 3D images of your teeth and their natural colour
  • Crown Design - the software will analyse the scan of your mouth in just a few minutes, and the dentist digitally creates the restoration proposal
  • Making The Crown - the design is automatically transferred to the CEREC milling machine to creates your unique ceramic crown
  • Finalising & Insertion - our dentist checks to ensure everything is correct before inserting your new crown

You leave our clinic with your newly placed restoration and a brighter smile in just one day!

Repairing Your Tooth with Traditional Crowns

Traditional porcelain crowns are made in an off-site lab and so require two separate appointments. The first prepares your teeth to the standards needed for accurately fitting a crown to the tooth. Then impressions or scans of the teeth are made, and a temporary crown is fitted so you can continue your daily routines while awaiting the permanent crown.

Your second appointment is about two or three weeks later, giving the laboratory time to create your customised crown. Once received, our dentist will remove the temporary placement, meticulously clean the tooth, and carefully bond your new cap to your tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental crowns, and why might I need one?

Dental crowns are custom-made caps that cover damaged, weakened, or misshapen teeth, restoring their strength, shape, and appearance. You might need a crown if you have a large cavity, a cracked tooth, a weakened tooth after a root canal or to enhance the aesthetics of a tooth.

What materials are used for dental crowns, and why choose zirconia or porcelain?

Dental crowns are made from various materials, but zirconia and porcelain are popular for their durability and natural appearance. Zirconia provides metal-like strength, while porcelain looks like your natural teeth.

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

With our CEREC® technology, you can have a same-day crown. Traditional crowns might require multiple visits, but our on-site milling allows us to create and place your custom crown in just one appointment, saving you time.

Are dental crowns painful to get?

The process of getting a dental crown is not painful. Before the procedure, the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area. You may experience some discomfort or mild sensitivity after the procedure, but it is usually temporary.

How long do zirconia and porcelain crowns last?

Zirconia and porcelain crowns are known for their durability. With proper care, including regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices, these crowns can last 7-15 years or even longer. Avoiding habits like grinding their teeth can further extend their lifespan.

Learn More

Contact our clinic to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about the available options. Call us today!


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


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