The dental crown is a mainstay of modern dentistry. Completely restoring a damaged or misshapen tooth, a crown (or "cap"), can breathe new life into a smile, preventing extraction and improving the appearance above the gum line. Plus, today's dental crowns can look totally natural, being made from durable porcelain that is custom matched to your surrounding teeth. In Bothell, WA Dr. Kimberly Chapman recommends these wonderful restorations for many dental issues. Learn here if crowns may be right for you.
Why a crown?
You may receive a dental crown to counter a variety of oral health problems. One of the most common is extensive dental decay, or to protect a tooth after a root canal procedure.
A perfectly-shaped crown covers the remaining healthy portions that are above the gum line, blends in with neighboring teeth, and allows a patient to look, eat, and speak normally. In fact, modern porcelain crowns can even have color variations placed in them, just as natural teeth do.
Placing a crown
In addition, Dr. Chapman advises crown placement if you need root canal therapy (which removes diseased pulp and seals the tooth) or if you receive a dental implant. This extraordinary tooth replacement features a porcelain crown as its lifelike finishing touch.
After a complete oral exam and X-rays, Dr. Chapman will confirm that a crown is appropriate. Sometimes just a filling is needed, but if it is a crown that you need, Dr. Chapman excels at placing these. Expect a local anesthetic to make you and your tooth comfortable as the dentist removes the damaged enamel and shapes the tooth.
Additionally, Dr. Chapman takes precise oral impressions--negative imprints of the tooth. These are sent to a modern dental laboratory where a highly-skilled technician crafts crowns from either full porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or full gold depending on where the crown will be placed and what you have chosen.
At your next appointment, your dentist places the crown with a permanent cement. This cement keeps the crown in place, and helps the crown to flex when you bite and chew, avoiding crown fracture.
Also, Dr. Chapman will tell you how to care for your crown: good flossing and brushing extend crown life and appearance as do professional cleanings and check-ups at your dental office. If you grind or clench your teeth, she may advise wearing a night-time bite guard.
If you are concerned about the condition and longevity of a tooth, ask Dr. Chapman about a crown. You'll be pleased with her expertise and compassionate manner. She'll answer your questions and help you make a decision on the best treatment for your tooth. Call the office team today for an appointment: (425) 488-6120.