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By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownThe 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.

Learn more

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.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How a dental crown from your dentist in Bothell can rebuild your smile

If you have a damaged smile due to broken or badly decayed teeth, dental crowns are often the best option to repair and rebuild your dental crownssmile. So, how do you know if you need dental crowns? Dr. Kimberly Chapman in Bothell, WA, wants to help answer that question.

There are a few signs that dental crowns are the choice to make. Dental crowns are used when you have teeth that are:

  • Badly damaged from an accident or injury
  • Badly damaged from severe, deep decay
  • Weakened from large, bulky, old metal fillings
  • Chipped or eroded from aging and dental stress

Dental crowns are also the best choice for teeth that have had a root canal. That’s because during a root canal, the blood supply and nerves are removed, which makes the tooth brittle and more prone to breakage. A dental crown protects the tooth from breaking due to everyday wear-and-tear.

So what makes a dental crown the best choice? A dental crown actually strengthens your tooth by holding the tooth together. The crown covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gumline, creating one solid surface. Think of it like a suit of armor for your tooth! When you bite down on a dental crown, the biting stress is spread out evenly over the entire tooth, protecting it from breakage.

Modern dental crown materials are very strong, and also cosmetically beautiful. You can choose from:

  • Full porcelain, which is the most cosmetically beautiful, natural-looking crown material which matches your other teeth,
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, which has a strong metal underlay and beautiful porcelain outer shell which also matches your other teeth,
  • Full gold, which is best for back teeth not showing,. These may be severely shortened due to being worn down, and have inadequate space for porcelain. Full gold crowns will never chip or crack, as the gold is malleable and can deform slightly under high forces.

If you are wondering if dental crowns are right for you, it’s time to consult with an expert. It’s time to call Dr. Chapman in Bothell, WA, voted one of Seattle’s top dentists in 2018, for the 11th year in a row! Get started rebuilding your smile with dental crowns by calling today!

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!