If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Sam Kim. At Brooklyn Avenue Dental in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Andy can restore your smile with a dental crown. With his attention to detail and profound understanding of oral health, he provides crowns that both protect your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. Call Brooklyn Avenue Dental or make an appointment online.
A dental crown is a cap that covers your natural tooth and is customized to blend in with your surrounding teeth. It's common to get a crown to fix a cracked or broken tooth.
Dr. Andy may use a dental crown to fix or hold together parts of a cracked tooth. Dental crowns might be a good choice if your tooth is:
Additionally, a crown holds dental bridges together and covers dental implants.
Your permanent crown can be made of metal, stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, zirconia, or resin composite. The material depends upon your budget, the amount of damage to the tooth, where the damage is, which tooth needs a crown, and other factors that Dr. Andy will discuss with you.
The first step to implanting a crown involves Dr. Andy removing the outer layer of the tooth, along with any decay. Dr. Andy may need to perform a core buildup by inserting a post and covering it with dental filling to create a surface to attach the crown.
Next, Dr. Andy makes an impression and creates a temporary crown made of stainless steel or acrylic-based material as a protective covering until your permanent crown arrives from the laboratory.
Approximately two weeks later, you’ll come back to the office to have the permanent crown cemented to the tooth, so you’re able to resume smiling once again.
The procedure is relatively painless, and Dr. Andy takes all the necessary precautions to make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure. He begins by giving you a local anesthetic to numb the area.
After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity, but it’s minimal and will subside over time.