Dental Crowns

Restoring a Tooth to Its Proper Shape

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cap-like restoration that is placed over a damaged or weakened tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are commonly used to protect and strengthen teeth that have large fillings, undergone root canal therapy, or are cracked or severely decayed. They can also improve the aesthetics of a misshapen or discolored tooth. In some situations a same day crown using CEREC is possible to eliminate the need for a second appointment. Contact Dr. Carlson and his team at 425-334-9600 to schedule a consultation to discuss if this treatment is the best option for you.


What to Expect Following the Procedure

After getting a dental crown:


Temporary Crown: In some cases, you may receive a temporary crown while the permanent one is being fabricated in a dental lab. Be cautious with the temporary crown, as it’s not as durable as the permanent one.

Sensitivity: You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days after the procedure. This is normal and should subside.

Oral Hygiene: Maintain regular oral hygiene practices by brushing and flossing, but be gentle around the crowned tooth. Your dentist will provide specific instructions.

Diet: Avoid eating hard or sticky foods that could damage the crown until the permanent crown is placed.

Follow-Up: Attend any follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure the crown fits properly and there are no issues.


What Are Dental Crowns Made From?

Crowns are made from different types of material. Early in dentistry, they were made from metals like stainless steel. Here at South Lake Family Dentistry, we use porcelain crowns due to porcelain’s strength and cosmetic appeal. Porcelain provides a better color match than other materials. It is also better for those who have metal allergies.


How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Crowns last between five to fifteen years, depending on your oral health habits and the amount of wear and tear they receive. After we place your dental crown, you’ll want to avoid chewing ice and other hard materials, grinding your teeth, biting your fingernails, and opening packages with your teeth. This will help your crown last as long as possible.


How South Lake Family Dentistry Saves Cracked and Broken Teeth

One of the most common procedures here at South Lake Family Dentistry is placing a crown. Dr. Carlson will place crowns to help out with many different dental health problems. Some of those include:

  • To cover a dental implant.
  • For a cosmetic modification.
  • To protect a broken tooth or one that has been severely worn down.
  • To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
  • To protect a weak tooth from decay or to hold parts of a cracked tooth together.
  • To restore an already broken tooth from further damage.
  • To hold in a dental bridge.

To schedule a consultation regarding a dental crown, give us a call at (425) 334-9600 or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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