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Dental Crowns in Vancouver, WA

Our duty at Thurston Oaks Dental is to give you the best oral care possible.

When it comes to fixing your teeth, we ensure we help you preserve your natural teeth as long as possible.

When you lose teeth, a gap is left behind in your mouth. This gap hides bacteria, allowing tooth decay to take place.

From the dentist's point of view, tooth extraction is the last option.

We will first explore other treatment options to ensure you get your smile back.

Thanks to technology giving rise to high-quality dentistry, more accessible procedures can now be easily done, offering patients a wide range of treatments.

One such procedure is dental crowns. Dentists have been using crowns for decades to improve teeth aesthetics and function.

A crown is usually advised when a tooth has decayed or cracked. It is usually for minor repairs. If the damage is extensive and there's no place for a filling, the dentist recommends another surgical option.

Dental Crown for Tooth Repair

A dental crown is a simple "cap." It is placed over a decaying tooth to restore its strength, size, and shape.

It also improves the tooth's appearance and is a popular cosmetic dentistry option. Crowns are available in different materials, such as metal, ceramic, and porcelain.

Purposes of Dental Crowns

•  Covering dental implants
•  Anchoring dental bridges
•  Restoring cracked or broken teeth
•  Strengthening teeth that received root canal treatment
•  Protecting weak teeth from decaying and getting damaged further
•  Restoring the appearance, shape, and size of misshapen or damaged teeth

Dental Crown Materials

•  Porcelain: These crowns have a high aesthetic touch. They can be matched to the original color of your teeth. Porcelain crowns can best help restore your front teeth for this reason.

•  Metal: These crowns are quite strong and durable. They are mostly used for molars that aid with heavy chewing.

•  Ceramic: These crowns are durable and attractive, like porcelain crowns. They are also aesthetically pleasing. Ceramic crowns are best for restoring teeth that become visible when you smile.

•  Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): These crowns are made of metal, which is covered with a porcelain layer. This makes PFM crowns aesthetically pleasing and strong.

•  Zirconia: These crowns are quite strong. They are available in natural tooth colors. Zirconia crowns are highly durable and appealing, making them the best option for back and front teeth.

•  Composite: These crowns are made of a resin material. They can be matched to your teeth color. However, composite crowns are less durable compared to other crown types. They are most used for temporary restorations.

Temporary vs. Permanent Crowns

Temporary crowns offer protection until the permanent, custom-made crown is ready. Temporary crowns are not as polished or long-lasting as permanent crowns.

Here are a few other details that set them apart:

Better Fit

A permanent crown offers a better fit because it is custom-made. A temporary crown is roughly shaped to stop the decay in its track.

Keeping it for long can increase the damage.

Stronger Materials

Permanent crowns are usually made from porcelain, a popular choice because of the material's strength and durability. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel, which doesn't last long.

Improved Appearance

A permanent crown is carefully shaped to ensure the right fit, making it aesthetically pleasing. On the other hand, a temporary crown has a common shape because it isn't the final cap.

Smiling dental patient looking into mirror at her new dental crown at Thurston Oaks Dental in Vancouver, WA

Dental Crown Procedure

Some people don't feel any pain even when they have tooth decay. However, this does not mean you should delay a visit to our dentist.

This increases the chances of the bacteria spreading. Here are a few signs of tooth decay:
•  Bad breath
•  Dark spots on the teeth
•  A strong taste in the mouth

If you experience any of these, visit us immediately. Here's how we will start your dental crown procedure:

•  The dentist will first examine your teeth by taking X-rays. This helps determine the extent of decay.

•  Using special tools, the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth. They will then clean it to prepare the tooth for the procedure.

•  After removing the decay, the dentist grinds the tooth. It is shaped to accommodate the cap.

•  The cap, in this procedure, is made after taking a digital scan of your tooth. The lab then creates a custom dental crown.

•  The dentist then places a temporary dental crown over your tooth for protection.

•  Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist removes the temporary crown. They clean the surrounding area and place the new crown.

•  After adjusting the fit, the new crown is set in place with a special adhesive.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can help patients of all ages. Crowns revive a dying tooth and enhance the appearance of your tooth. Following are a few additional benefits they offer:

•  Unlike braces that are clearly visible, dental crowns blend in with your natural teeth, giving a seamless look.
•  The cap protects your tooth from further damage.
•  They help improve chewing surfaces.
•  They last longer than other treatments such as veneers and composite fillings.
•  They prevent bacteria from attacking your tooth's weak areas.
•  They seal your tooth, preventing cavity formation and tooth loss.
•  They allow you to continue with your oral hygiene routine, brushing and flossing, without any pain.
•  With proper care, they can last for 15 years.

Caring for Dental Crowns

Here are some tips to help you keep your crowns clean.

Maintain Oral Hygiene Habits

•  Brush and floss daily.
•  Brush twice a day – after waking up and before bedtime.
•  Have sugar-free chewing gum after every meal.
•  Use a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush.

Avoid Eating Hard Foods

For a few months, avoid eating hard foods, such as candy and nuts. This might crack or chip the crown.

Wear a Night Mouthguard

Those who have dental crowns are recommended a night mouthguard by dentists. It helps keep your teeth intact if you clench or grind your teeth at night.

Avoid Sticky Foods

Caramels and taffy are the top two sticky foods that wreak havoc on your teeth. They get stuck in your teeth and cause cavities.

Avoid them as much as possible.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking leads to staining, which can darken your dental crown.

Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash helps remove bacteria stuck in your gums and teeth.

Quality Dental Crowns in Vancouver, WA

To maintain your dental crown, it is important to keep a consistent oral hygiene routine for lasting results.

Changing your eating habits will help protect the crown from bacteria. Keep up with regular dental appointments to catch any problems early.

Visit Thurston Oaks Dental to get your dental crown from our expert Alan Snodgrass, DDS. We specialize in complex dental treatments, ensuring successful outcomes every time. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (360) 514-9212 today!

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