What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are caps which get placed over the top of teeth that have somehow become damaged. They're used to protect the tooth underneath, and to restore the proper shape of your teeth, when dental fillings are inadequate for solving the problem. Dental crowns are generally made out of ceramics, resin, porcelain, or a mixture of metals. They don't really require any kind of special care, beyond the good hygiene practices which you would normally use anyway.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns provide a number of benefits to someone who is trying to protect a tooth or replace one that's missing. First of all, they strengthen any tooth that they're placed over, because they will completely cover the tooth and make it strong again. In addition, they prevent any further damage from occurring, and discourage decay from happening.

Crowns are also used to restore the original size and shape of a tooth, so that you can have a normal biting pattern, and speak clearly again. A dental crown is permanently positioned over a tooth, so that means it won't slip or slide around in your mouth, and will also be very comfortable. Lastly, dental crowns improve your smile tremendously, and help to restore your confidence because you have a normal appearance.

What Types of Crowns Are Available?

Some of the most popular types of dental crowns are made of metal such as gold, nickel, chromium, or palladium. These crowns rarely break or chip, and they are strong enough to withstand all kinds of biting and chewing. Another type of crown is porcelain fused to metal, and this type of crown is generally matched to the color of your existing teeth. An all resin crown is usually less expensive than other types of crowns, but they will generally wear down somewhat more quickly, and are subject to breakage. An all ceramic or all porcelain dental crown will provide the best color match for your teeth, and you won't have to worry about any allergies to metals.

How is my tooth prepared for a dental crown?

At your first visit to the dentist, the tooth to be crowned will be examined and prepared. Then that tooth will be filed down on the sides and on the top, so as to make room for the crown. Paste or putty will be used to make an impression of the tooth that's about to be crowned, and the impressions will be sent to a dental lab.

At the lab, the crowns will be produced and then sent back to the dentist's office, usually within two or three weeks. While you're waiting for the permanent crown, your dentist will install a temporary crown. Then when the permanent crown arrives, it will be fitted onto the target tooth, and any adjustments that are necessary will be made at that time. Then the crown will be cemented into place, and you will have a new crown for a long period of time.

What problems can develop with a dental crown?

Some people experience a small amount of discomfort or sensitivity when a crown is put in place. Crowns which are all porcelain might sometimes chip or crack. It's possible for your crown to become loose if the cement holding it in place somehow gets washed out. That would cause your crown to simply fall out, since there's nothing holding it in place. Some people are allergic to the metals used to make dental crowns, although this is extremely rare.

How Should I Care for My Temporary Dental Crown?

When caring for your temporary crown, you should observe good oral hygiene habits, and you should know what to do if the crown comes out. You can discuss this with your dentist at the time the temporary crown is installed. You should also make sure you show up for your next regularly scheduled appointment, so the dentist can check on the status of your temporary crown.

Dental Crown Aftercare

A tooth with a crown on it doesn't call for any special care, although the underlying tooth still must be protected against decay. That means you need to observe good dental hygiene which includes brushing and flossing, and occasionally rinsing your mouth out with a good mouthwash. You should also avoid biting on extremely hard foods like nuts or ice.

Schedule a Dental Crown Appointment in Seattle Today!

If you've been thinking of having a dental crown installed, call us today to schedule an appointment. We can discuss your objectives for having a crown installed, and determine whether you're a good candidate. We can provide you with expert dental service, and you can be totally confident in your new dental crown, when you work with us.

Don't let any further damage occur to your teeth - call us right away, so we can help restore your good oral health.

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If you need restorative dental work, such as crowns, inlays, or onlays, then you’re probably looking for a top-quality dentist in Kirkland to take care of your teeth. Dr. Mark Caggiano of Seattle’s Best Smiles is ready to meet you. Not only is he highly proficient at the technical aspects of dentistry; he also offers sedation dentistry in Kirkland, which can help you to relax if you feel anxious when you have dental work done. Getting a crown could be a much more pleasant experience with sedation dentistry. Please call our office to book your appointment with Dr. Caggiano.

For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.

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