Whilst it’s true that missing teeth and gaps can affect your self-confidence, there’s no need to suffer in silence – help could be at hand in the shape of a crown. Here at DentalCareXtra we offer local expertise and excellent care so there’s no need to travel for the advice and treatments that can help you achieve the smile you so long for.

What is a crown?
crown is simply a porcelain tooth that is permanently attached to an artificial titanium root implanted in the gum (whereas plates of multiple teeth are known as bridges or dentures). The beauty of crowns and bridges is that not only do they look completely natural, but they also feel strong and secure.

How do crowns work?
Crowns offer a permanent solution for gaps and missing teeth, but perfection takes time – creating and fitting them requires a little patience. In the first stage of fitting a crown, a small titanium post is surgically implanted into the jawbone to hold the replacement tooth firm. There are two different types of implants:

• Endosteal – placed directly into the jawbone.
• Subperiosteal – fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue.

In both cases, the gum must be fully healed before your dentist can undertake the next stage, making and fitting the replacement ceramic tooth. Crowns are carefully crafted to match the colour and shape of your existing teeth, using an advanced Cerec 3D process to produce artificial teeth that are strong and look completely natural.

What is the cost of a crown?
At DentalCareXtra, with our visiting implantologist, we are able to offer top quality crowns right here in Moranbah, for a price that’s less than you might imagine. For your convenience we even offer a complimentary pickup and drop-off service!

Single crowns start from $2,999 and include a 3D scan worth $400 for approved treatments.
We are pleased to offer dental payment options to eligible patients if required, via zipMoney Mediplan and DentiCare payment plans.

The friendly, professional team at DentalCareXtra are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and discuss treatment options tailored exactly to your needs.

How Ice Affects Our Teeth and Gums

All of that might seem like a clever workaround for iron deficiency, but it comes with serious drawbacks. Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the body, but it’s very brittle. Ice isn’t dangerous to chew merely because it is hard, but specifically because it is cold.

Crunching and grinding ice cubes (no matter how much or what their texture is) makes the enamel expand and contract like pavement in places that get a lot of snow. Just like that pavement, the enamel will develop cracks over time.

The weaker the enamel is, the more vulnerable the rest of the tooth is to painful sensitivity and decay. Chewing ice isn’t good for gum tissue either. Because of its temperature, it creates a numbing effect while chewing, which makes it harder to notice an injury if it slips and slices the gums. Ice can even chip or break teeth.

How Can I Break My Ice-Chewing Habit?

Before fighting the symptoms, it’s important to learn the cause. If the pagophagia is due to iron deficiency, iron supplements may remove the cravings to chew ice and the habit will go away on its own. If the problem is pica, a variety of interventions, from therapy to medication, are available.

If the craving is less about the ice than the crunch, we recommend replacing ice with baby carrots or apple slices. If it really is about the ice but not connected to pica or iron deficiency, try letting the ice melt on your tongue instead of crunching down on it.

Dental Professionals Can Help!

The dentist is a great person to go to if you struggle with an ice chewing habit. Another is your general physician. Here at DentalCareXtra, we can figure out what’s causing it and treat existing damage to the gum tissue and teeth, as well as preventing additional damage by helping you kick the habit. Contact our friendly team and let’s help together on breaking your Ice-Chewing Habit.

It’s time to put your ice-chewing days behind you!