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Dental Crowns – Bellevue, WA

Protect and Restore Teeth with Beautiful Restorations!

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In the world of dentistry, dental crowns are among the most common treatment methods for damaged or decayed teeth. When a tooth has become damaged, either due to long-term decay or because of physical trauma, dentists like Dr. Preet Taneja can provide high-quality restorations that restore not just their function, but their appearance as well. Instead of letting your tooth break apart further, consider giving her and the team members at Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call!

Why Choose Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Dental Crowns?

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  • Panoramic Radiographs for Better Treatment Planning
  • Durable and Long-Lasting Restorations
  • Incredibly Natural-Looking Porcelain Materials

What is a Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns or “caps” are common restorations designed to fit over the top of damaged teeth. Over the years, crowns have been made from a wide variety of materials, including silver, gold and porcelain. While silver crowns were known for their durability, many dentists are opting for all-ceramic crowns thanks to their appearance and comparable durability. In other cases, porcelain would be bonded to metal, especially when intended to replace back teeth.

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

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Dental crowns are not one of the most popular dental devices for no reason. They are an incredibly versatile restoration as they often solve multiple issues with a single solution. The most notable benefit is that they strengthen teeth damaged by decay as well as prevent future decay from developing. They are ideal for replacing silver crowns that you may prefer to hide thanks to their natural appearance and ability to reflect light similarly to tooth enamel. Additionally, dental crowns are very durable and are designed to reshape your teeth.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?

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In many cases, patients who have a very large filling will need to have a crown to replace it. If your tooth is severely damaged by decay or fractured due to an injury, a crown can restore it and prevent future bacteria from reaching the vulnerable area.

Furthermore, those who undergo root canal therapy or need a dental bridge or implant to replace a missing tooth will need a dental crown to bridge the gap in your smile. If you’ve tried teeth whitening treatments in the past but cannot seem to remove discoloration through these methods, a dental crown can be the best solution.

How Do I Get a Dental Crown?

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The process of receiving a dental crown typically takes about two to three appointments. During your initial examination, we’ll confirm where decay is present and promptly remove it. Then, we’ll begin removing a very small amount of tooth enamel so that a dental crown can effectively be anchored by the natural tooth. Next, an impression is taken so a final crown can be fabricated at an offsite dental lab based on the mold. While you wait for the crown to be made, you’ll wear a temporary crown over the next two weeks.

After the crown is made, you’ll come back to our practice to have the temporary crown removed and the final crown fitted. If the crown doesn’t properly cover your tooth or feel quite right, we’ll make adjustments as necessary before you leave our office.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns have the potential to last a lifetime, but this is unlikely. More often than not, the crown will need to be replaced with a new one 10 or 15 years down the line, assuming that you take proper care of your restoration. By practicing good oral hygiene every day and visiting our office once every six months for checkups and cleanings, you can extend the life of your crown significantly. Oral care should consist of brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Dental Crown FAQs

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If you need a dental crown , you likely have several questions, like where is a reputable dentist near me? There’s no reason to worry. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to help calm your nerves. Dr. Taneja will also take the time to explain the process and address all your concerns to feel confident about the decision you’re making for your smile.

Are dental crowns painful?

It’s normal to be concerned about a painful procedure because your tooth will need to be reshaped, but there’s nothing to fear. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure you are comfortable as your tooth is prepared. If you need a little extra help to relax in the dental chair, your dentist can also discuss the benefits of sedation. Dr. Taneja offers nitrous oxide to provide a pain-free procedure. It’s normal to experience some tenderness for a couple of days as your mouth heals; however, you can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers. It’s also best to avoid chewing with the tooth and eat softer food until the sensitivity subsides.

Are dental crowns permanent?

Although modern dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, they are durable, but they aren’t permanent. Most crowns last for an average of 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. Since your tooth must be reshaped to support the crown, it will always need to be covered by a restoration. Your dental insurance can be used to offset the cost of replacements. You can promote the lifespan of your restoration by committing to your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

How much does a dental crown cost?

There’s not a flat fee for dental crowns because every case differs. Various factors influence the amount you’ll pay, such as if you need preparatory procedures, the material used to make your crown, and your dental coverage. When used for restorative reasons, you can often use your dental insurance to counteract the cost. After reaching your annual deductible, your insurance benefits can cover up to 80% of the expenses until reaching your yearly limits. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits to reduce your out-of-pocket responsibility. If there’s any remaining balance, we provide several solutions to keep your treatment within your budget, like third-party financing. We will help you repair your smile without breaking the bank.

Will my crown feel natural?

Your crown will be made of porcelain, which is durable to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. Your restoration will feel like a real tooth; however, Dr. Taneja recommends avoiding foods that are overly hard or sticky. Your crown is custom-made using digital technology and advanced software to ensure a comfortable fit. Although there may be a bit of an adjustment period, your crown will look and feel like part of your natural smile in no time.

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