Crown Specialist

Smile Forever Dental

General Dentistry located in Tacoma, WA

Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. Phong Dang, DDS, at Smile Forever Dental is a highly experienced professional, so if you think you may need a crown, book an appointment online or call today. Smile Forever Dental is conveniently located in Tacoma, Washington.

Crown Q & A

Smile Forever Dental

What is a dental 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 strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.

Do I need a crown?

Dr. Dang at Smile Forever Dental may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.

In addition to making a tooth more aesthetically appealing, a crown can serve a practical purpose by strengthening a natural tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.

Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

Dental crown construction has advanced over the years. Crowns can be fashioned out of many materials, including:

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

The material used for your crown will depend on your situation and the crown's purpose. For instance, stainless steel is often used to make temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are strong and able to tolerate the force of biting and chewing, but because of their color, they’re usually reserved for use in the back of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns looks more like natural teeth than metal crowns but have some drawbacks. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.

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 should I expect when I get a crown?

A majority of the time, a minimum of two appointments are required to complete a dental crown procedure. The first visit will include cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) X-rays so that your Smile Forever Dental professional can determine the health of the tooth that needs a crown. CBCT provides an exact 3D image of the extent of damage to the tooth.

Next, Dr. Dang will administer anesthesia, then build up or file down the original tooth so that the crown will attach securely. Once the tooth has been prepared, he will make an impression of your teeth, which a lab will use to manufacture the crown. Dr. Dang 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 Smile Forever Dental or make an appointment online.