A dental crown is a restoration that, when cemented in place, covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. A dental crown may be recommended to cover a tooth that is damaged. The crown can strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance.
Why Are Dental Crowns Used?
Dr. Manchester and Dr. Lawton may recommend a dental crown in Olympia, Washington, for a tooth:
– That is broken or cracked
– That has a large dental filling
– That is weak and needs protection
– That is badly discolored or misshapen
– That has undergone root canal treatment
A dental crown may also be used to restore a dental implant or to anchor a dental bridge.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
First, the tooth that needs to be restored will be shaped to allow room for the dental crown. Impressions will be taken of the tooth receiving the crown and the surrounding teeth so that a crown can be custom made. When your dental crown is ready, our dentists will permanently cement it in place. The fit will be examined, and any final adjustments will be made as necessary.
How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?
Dental crowns can last for many years, or even a lifetime, depending on the care you give them. To help your dental crown last, be sure to practice consistent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Northwest Center for Prosthodontics at least every six months for professional dental cleanings and exams.
We invite you to contact our dental office at 360-459-4400 today for more information and to schedule your next visit. Our dentists and team are thrilled to serve you and your smile!