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Bellevue's Best Smiles

Dental Crown


woman in hatYour teeth play many important roles in your mouth. They help you bite and chew your food. They help you to speak properly. They also play a crucial role in the appearance of your smile. Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body. Even so, they can still be faced with damage or decay that can compromise their structural integrity and your oral health. At Bellevue's Best Smiles, we can treat damaged teeth, and restore your smile, with porcelain crowns.

The Effects of Untreated Tooth Damage


When teeth are damaged, it is important to seek treatment right away. While minor damage might only cause a cosmetic problem, more significant damage can cause more serious issues. Larger damage can weaken the structure of the tooth, leaving it vulnerable to more significant damage. It can also let bacteria into the tooth, where a painful infection can develop. While damaged teeth can often be restored, letting the damage go untreated can lead to the need for tooth extraction.

What is a Crown?


A crown is a type of dental restoration. It is a small cap that is made to encase the entire visible surface of the tooth. This helps to hold the tooth together, protecting it from further damage and infections. A crown is made from an impression of your mouth, ensuring a proper, comfortable fit. There are several materials that can be used to make crowns, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and porcelain.

Why Porcelain?


Porcelain crowns, made entirely of porcelain, are one of the most popular choices for restoring damaged teeth. There are several reasons for this. Benefits of porcelain include:
•  A perfectly natural appearance. Porcelain can be made to match the exact color of your natural teeth. It also reflects light much like your natural tooth enamel. No one will be able to tell the difference. This makes porcelain ideal for treating damaged teeth at the front of your mouth.
•  Stain-resistance. Porcelain can resist stains, allowing crowns made from this material to maintain their beautiful appearance, as well as the quality of your smile.
•  Metal-free. Unlike metal and porcelain fused to metal crowns, all porcelain crowns are made entirely of porcelain. They do not contain any metals, making them ideal for patients with metal allergies.

Other Benefits of Porcelain Crowns


There are many other benefits of porcelain crowns. These benefits include:
•  Protecting the tooth from further harm.
•  Preventing infections.
•  Restoring the strength of the tooth, allowing it to function normally.
•  Protecting your oral health and preventing the need for tooth extraction.

Getting Your Porcelain Crowns


The process for getting a porcelain crown takes two appointments. At your first appointment, the damaged tooth is prepared. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from the tooth. It is done under a local anesthetic and is essential for providing a comfortable, natural fit. We then take an impression, which is sent to our dental lab. The lab uses the impression to design and create your crown. At your second appointment, we check your new crown for fit, bite, and appearance and bond it into place over the tooth.

A porcelain crown not only restores the strength and functions of an affected tooth, but it can also help to improve the quality of your smile at the same time. Call Bellevue's Best Smiles today at (425) 688-1345 to learn more and find out if a porcelain crown is right for you.










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