When a tooth is worn down, broken, or damaged, a dental crown can restore it. A crown is a cap that covers the top and sides of a tooth. The crown material, often porcelain or a similar durable, tooth-colored material, is custom-crafted to make a new chewing surface for the tooth and to strengthen it for the long-term.
We can use a crown for a wide range of situations, including:
- Replacing a tooth by attaching a crown to a dental implant.
- Protecting a tooth after we repair a cavity or root canal.
- Strengthening a damaged, chipped, or cracked tooth.
- Holding a dental bridge in place.
- Giving structure to a tooth that was damaged by decay.
A dental crown gives you a fully-functioning tooth that will last for many years and is designed to be a part of your natural tooth. We customize each crown to look great and match the crown to the teeth around it in both color and shape.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
We may recommend a dental crown if you have:
- A Major Cavity: Some cavities destroy your natural tooth material, weakening the structure of the tooth so much that the tooth can’t maintain its own shape for long. A crown, though, will give your tooth new structure and integrity.
- An Old Filling: A worn-out filling can start to fail after a time. A crown replaces the filling and protects that interior of the tooth from future damage. You’ll be able to keep your tooth safe long into the future even after losing a filling.
- A Misshapen, Damaged, or Discolored Tooth: We can use a crown for cosmetic reasons. A tooth might stick out in your smile for many reasons. A dental crown gives us the ability to make it look exactly the way you would like.
We’re passionate about providing you with the right procedures and services for your needs. If you truly need a dental crown, we’ll let you know. Otherwise, we’ll recommend an alternative.
What Is the Dental Crown Process?
When you agree to receive a dental crown, we’ll take you through a few simple steps. In the meantime, remember you can request our patient amenities to make you more comfortable. These amenities include hot towels, a blanket, a warm neck pillow, and more.
When you receive a dental crown, you can expect the process to look like this:
- Advanced Imaging: First, we’ll use our intraoral cameras and/or digital x-ray devices to make a detailed scan of each tooth we’ll work on. No messy material will touch your teeth to make an impression.
- Reshaping: Your dentist will modify your tooth as needed to get it ready for a custom crown to be bonded to it. This will likely be a minor procedure that might involve removing a small amount of enamel.
- Crown Fabrication: An experienced technician will precisely create your crown out of top-quality materials that will look great in your smile. The crown fabrication process will make precision crowns that fit your teeth exactly.
- Crown Placement: At your next appointment, your dentist will attach the crown to your tooth, where it will feel like a natural part of your smile. If you are receiving a crown as a replacement tooth, we’ll attach it to your implant or position your bridge in place.
Once your crown is in place, we’ll follow established procedures to make it as permanent as possible. You’ll be able to eat any foods you want fairly soon. We’ll give you instructions that will help you keep your crown for many years.
Get Your Dental Crown From Tower Dental
If one of your teeth is badly damaged, it can be difficult to smile normally or even to eat what you want. A dental crown can correct the problem while also providing additional benefits.
Our dental crowns are custom-created from top-quality materials to fit into your beautiful smile just right. Call Tower Dental, located in downtown Seattle, today to set up your appointment!