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By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
August 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentist in Bothell, Washington can help your smile

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, but it can still be damaged from wear-and-tear or decay. As we all age, our fillingsteeth may begin to look worn down, cracked or chipped. You may even have broken a tooth and had it repaired with silver metal fillings. While these types of fillings solve some problems, they can also create others.

Silver (amalgam) fillings are metal, and metals expand and contract with temperatures more than tooth structure does. Over time, this can promote cracking of the tooth surrounding the metal filling. Silver amalgam fillings can also darken teeth by a process called oxidation, or basically tarnishing or rusting. Teeth can start to look bluish, grapy, or even black because of these types of fillings, making you feel self-conscious about your smile.

 You don’t have to live with a smile that is less than beautiful. The answer may be dental crowns! Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman in Bothell, Washington wants to help you discover what crowns can do for your smile.

A dental crown encases your entire tooth, covering it like a suit of armor. A dental crown protects your tooth from biting and chewing forces that can cause an unprotected tooth to fracture. Your dentist in Bothell, Washington wants you to know, crowns aren’t just for protection. Today’s crowns are cosmetically beautiful too! They are made from high-tech, sophisticated porcelain materials that look completely natural and blend with your smile. Your friends will notice your smile, not your dental work!

Your dentist in Bothell Washington also offers a full range of conventional materials for your new crown, each with its own advantages. You can consider:

  • A full gold crown, which is the strongest crown and is perfect for back teeth where you need strength for chewing;
  • A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown also known as a PFM crown, which has the strength of metal, but also the beauty of porcelain; these crowns are suitable for almost any location in your mouth;
  • A full porcelain crown, which is a cosmetically beautiful choice because porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth; this is a perfect choice for teeth that are visible when you smile.

Dental crowns can restore full chewing function and also provide you with a beautiful smile, free of huge, dark metal fillings. You owe it to yourself to discover what crowns can do for your smile. Call Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman in Bothell, Washington to find out more about dental crowns. Call today, and get ready for your new smile!