Dental Crowns – Bellevue, WA
Protect and Restore Teeth with Beautiful Restorations!
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?
- Panoramic Radiographs for Better Treatment Planning
- Durable and Long-Lasting Restorations
- Incredibly Natural-Looking Porcelain Materials
What is a Dental Crown?
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?
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?
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?
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.