Reasons for Needing a CrownAs mentioned above, the most common reason for crowns is damage due to decay or trauma. However, there are other reasons people end up wanting or needing crowns.
Covering Aesthetic IssuesWhen a tooth is discolored or unattractive in appearance, many times people will opt for a long lasting dental crown to be placed to breathe new life into their smile.
Capping Dental ImplantsDental implants are currently the best tooth replacement option on the market. They are permanent and give you all of the benefits that a natural tooth would while promoting bone and soft tissue health. A dental implant consists of three parts - the screw that is placed into the jaw, the abutment, and the crown.
The Process of Receiving a CrownCrowns typically require two trips to our office to be placed. Call (425) 405-6400 to schedule your appointment with us today.
The First AppointmentThe first appointment usually starts with us taking some measurements of the tooth as well as a mold of the tooth or teeth that need crowns. We will send the mold of your tooth to our state-of-the-art dental lab, where it will be crafted out of the finest and longest lasting materials.
Once we have the mold we can begin to prepare the tooth to receive the crown. Crowns are commonly referred to in the dental industry as “onlays” because they are a dental appliance that is place over a tooth. Just in case you were wondering, inlays (things that are placed in a tooth) are things like fillings. We shape the tooth to receive the crown by shaving off the outer edges of the tooth, along with any damage or decay present. This leaves us with something resembling a small dome.
Finally, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth/teeth and affix it with a temporary dental cement. It is important to note that this is a temporary fixture and can come off if you bite particularly hard or sticky substances.
The Second AppointmentWhen we receive your crown from our dental lab it will be time for your second appointment. This is usually faster than the first appointment. We will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one. We will ensure that it fits correctly in your bite and feels good in your mouth. Once we have it placed we will affix it with a permanent dental cement.
Please call us at (425) 405-6400 to schedule your appointment today. Remember, if yours gums bleed easily and often for more than a week, call us and setup an appointment as this could be the sign of a more serious issue.