Crowns Specialist

Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

Are you considering dental crowns to replace missing teeth? Crowns are the right choice for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you, too. In fact, the number of Americans with dental crowns is on the rise. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The dentists at Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard are highly trained professionals that can explain your crown options. Call the Seattle office or request an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown or crown repair.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown fits over the tooth and is cemented into place so that the original tooth is completely encased.

Do I need a crown?

There are a variety of reasons the experienced dentists at Sunrise Dental may suggest a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or stained or worn tooth.

In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

What type of crown is best for my teeth?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The choice of material depends on multiple factors. For instance, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.

Metal crowns are sturdy and able to tolerate the force of biting and chewing, but because of their noticeable color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.

All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for patients who have metal sensitivities. All resin crowns are one of the most affordable crown options, but they're also more susceptible to cracking.

What are the steps in a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. During the first appointment, your Sunrise Dental professional will take X-rays to ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s getting a crown.

Next, the dentist will administer anesthesia, then build up or file down the original tooth so that the crown will attach securely. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which a lab will use to manufacture the crown. Your dentist will fabricate a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth until the permanent crown is completed and in place.

Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Sunrise Dental or make an appointment online.