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Today, much emphasis is placed on having a healthy smile. But, if you have one or more teeth that are cracked, chipped, decayed, discolored, or otherwise broken down, and there is not enough tooth structure left to hold a restoration, then a crown may be the answer.

Crowns, also known as tooth caps, are a popular dental prosthetic option that restores the tooth to its full function and beauty. A crown is a dental cap that covers the damaged tooth, restoring not just its appearance, but also improving strength and functionality. Crowns can be fabricated to be indistinguishable from any other tooth, and can even improve one’s quality of life and self-confidence. Crowns are permanently placed with cement or bonding agents. They can then be cared for and maintained by the patient with extra diligence used at the gumline, where the crown ends and the natural tooth is exposed. This extra care around the crown will help to prevent decay, which could otherwise require another crown.

Dr.Tess at Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry, our dentist in Tacoma, offers crowns and can help you determine the type of crown you may need.

The different types of crowns include:

• Gold – This used to be the “Gold Standard” of crowns. White-gold or yellow-gold are still used in situations where porcelain is not strong enough to withstand heavy function, like chewing or clenching, or when there isn’t enough clearance between teeth to make a porcelain crown of the necessary thickness.

• Porcelain – Porcelain-fused-to-metal is crown made to resemble a metal thimble that covers the stump of tooth. Porcelain is baked onto the metal to disguise it from sight. Unfortunately, metal flexes and bends under pressure whereas porcelain does not. This is how many of these porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns fail. With the right preparation by the dentist and a good laboratory to fabricate the crown, there can be success. A “Black Margin” of metal may appear over time if the crown is not fabricated and placed properly.

• Ceramic – All ceramic crowns do not have metal and are made of several types of porcelain. These materials are nearly as strong as metal crowns and have the advantage of being see-through in x-rays, unlike metal crowns. They may be used as prosthetics in the back teeth or molars.

• Resin – Resin crowns are utilized to cover the prepared tooth temporarily while the permanent crown is being fabricated at the laboratory. It is provisional and is meant only to be used for a short time (no longer than one month). This provisional crown is cemented with a temporary cement containing soothing medicaments that clean off the tooth easily before final cementation or bonding of the final prosthesis or permanent crown.

At Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry on Ruston Way in Tacoma, crowns are a great option to bring back the luster and look of health to damaged teeth, and leave them strong and effective. Health-wise, crowns restore your teeth. “Build-Ups” are often done during the preparation procedure to remove all old, failing dental materials and decay that might be hiding under those old fillings. Rebuilt with glass ionomers containing decay resistant medicaments, these build-ups help to strengthen the remaining tooth under the crown.

Want to learn more about which crowns would best help to complete your beautiful and healthy smile? Contact Pearly Whites Laser Dentistry Now!

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