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By Michael A. White DDS
July 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns are an effective way to help improve your smile and bring back your confidence. It is a professional procedure undertaken by your dentist and could take several weeks to complete, but it is worth it if you are looking at a permanent fix. Dr. Michael White, your Dentist in Chehalis, WA, may be your best choice for dental crowns!

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are small dental 'caps' that cover the tooth to improve or replace the damaged/missing tooth. They can also provide a protective mechanism by covering a damaged tooth, or a tooth that is fragile and subject to breaking or cracking. Crowns can be made of porcelain, ceramic, or cheaper options like silver. Metal is usually used for the back teeth since it is more durable, however, ceramic and/or porcelain is used for the front teeth for cosmetic reasons.

What is the procedure for Dental Crowns?

Over the course of a few visits, Dr. Michael White your dentist in Chehalis, WA, will first do general teeth cleaning and inspect the tooth or teeth that may receive the dental crown treatment. If appropriate for a dental crown, your dentist will then file the tooth to make it smaller and better for the dental crown to fit around it. Depending on how damaged the initial tooth is, your dentist may opt for a tooth filling if there is too much damage in order for the crown to hold better. Sometimes, your dentist may have to remove the tooth entirely and opt for a dental implant instead.

Your dentist will then make a mold of the tooth so that the shape is clear. After sending it back to the lab, the lab will then make a perfect fit dental crown and send it back to your dentist, where it will be fitted into your mouth. During the waiting process, your dentist may give you a temporary crown until the lab finishes completing the original one.

What are the benefits of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns provide a permanent and long-term fix for damaged and/or broken teeth, lasting anywhere between 5 to 15 years if taken care of well. Below are some advantages and benefits of receiving dental crowns:

  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Replacing damaged teeth
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Repairing broken teeth
  • Enhancing and improving your smile
  • Fixing an irregular bite

If dental crowns are an option for your teeth, please consult Dr. Michael White, your dentist in Chehalis, WA, to plan out the best plan for your benefit. Don't be afraid to gain back your bright and happy smile! Call and schedule your next visit at (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
May 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Failing teeth, missing teeth--these are not trivial problems. In fact, oral health suffers from smile gaps and teeth damaged by accident, restorative dentistryabscess, or deep decay. Your Chehalis, WA, dentist, Dr. Michael White, offers hope through porcelain crowns and lifelike tooth replacements called bridges. They may help you renew your smile beautifully.

Details on crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap, typically custom-made from realistic dental-grade porcelain. Restoring a tooth with a crown allows a person to keep much of his or her natural tooth structure, including the extensive root structure below the gum line.

You see, keeping a natural tooth is preferable to extracting it. After extraction, gum and bone begin to recede, speech is impacted and an unsightly smile gap results. If your Chehalis dentist examines your failing tooth and X-rays it to confirm a crown would restore it, go ahead with the procedure. You'll have a crown that lasts at least ten years or longer, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.

Receiving a crown takes two visits to Dr. White's office. The first includes the examination, oral impressions, and removal of the damaged parts of the tooth. You'll wear a temporary cap in the meantime. The second visit includes removal of the interim crown and fitting and bonding on the new one.

Most modern crowns are porcelain because of its aesthetic value, durability, and versatility. Crowns are versatile because your Chehalis dentist can use them to restore dental implants (an amazingly lifelike tooth replacement) or to anchor fixed bridges to natural teeth.

Details on bridges

Fixed bridges replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. Pontics, or artificial teeth, are fashioned from color-matched porcelain according to oral impressions and your dentist's specific instructions as to tooth shape and bite. Most bridges attach to neighboring teeth with dental crowns, but some bridgework is stabilized by dental implants, affording years of natural appearance, function, and jaw bone density.

Unlike partial dentures, dental bridges may not be removed by the patient. So they need careful daily brushing and flossing to keep them plaque-free. The same applies to dental crowns. Both restorative treatments work best and last the longest when patients see Dr. White every six months for hygienic cleanings and check-ups.

Improve your smile

Dr. Michael White and his dedicated team renew scores of smiles every year using state-of-the-art restorations such as porcelain crowns and bridgework. For your own consultation with this highly skilled dentist, contact Dr. White's office staff in Chehalis, WA, at (360) 748-0168.