Services / Cosmetic, Prevention, & Restorative Care
Crowns / Veneers
Sometimes, a damaged tooth will need more care, or a new solution is needed esthetically. We can use porcelain crowns or veneers to make the smile appear “as new.” Crowns and veneers are a reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases, wear and tear, and cosmetic reasons.
What are Crowns/Veneers and when are they appropriate?
This reliable technique for repairing a broken-down tooth can offer a complete smile and functional bite. Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks that can run through the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth can reduce the pain you may be experiencing. In front teeth, older fillings can weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and veneers can be a great option for many different reasons.
What are the benefits of Crowns and Veneers?
- Crowns are used for long-lasting corrections of major dental problems and correcting the esthetic look of a smile.
- Prevents teeeth from fracturing and causing pain.
- Restores shape and function to damaged teeth.
- Restores natural appearance.
What is the procedure for Crowns and Veneers?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office:
- Initially, we will remove decay and build up the tooth structure if needed. We then shape the tooth and fit it with a temporary resin crown.
- On your next appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place, and you will have a new beautiful, fully functioning tooth.
Veneers follow a similar process. They are a thin ceramic shell that bonds to the front surface of the teeth. They are virtually undetectable and are resistant to coffee, tea and other stains.
How should you care for your Dental Crown and Veneers?
Dental crowns are similar to your natural teeth. We tell patients, “Anything that can break your natural tooth, can also break a crown.” Chewing on hard items, like candy or ice, can chip or crack teeth, as well as using your teeth for things they are not designed for.
For best upkeep:
- Brush and floss – The supporting tooth under your dental crown still requires good oral hygiene practices to stay healthy. Continuing to brush and floss daily will help keep your smile at its best.
- Visit our dentist’s office regularly – Continue regular dentist appointments to make sure your gums, crown, and supporting teeth stay healthy.
- The average dental crown will last 5 to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of it and the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to.
What types of Dental Crowns are available?
Porcelain: Porcelain is almost always used where the tooth shows. By choosing porcelain, it more closely matches existing teeth, keeping your smile at its best. In building a crown, porcelain is fused to a substructure that is custom selected to match your needs. The substructure is built from the most durable materials possible. Metal has been traditionally used, but metal free options are available.
Gold: Our dental office believes that gold is still the most durable material for crowns. Your doctor will discuss what your best option is based on your situation.
A Top Source for Porcelain Crowns and Dental Veneers in Gig Harbor, WA
As the world of cosmetic dentistry continues to evolve, more and more people are choosing to restore their smiles. Our dental office takes immense pride in assisting patients throughout Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and surrounding communities. We focus on your long-term health and restoring your smile to its best.
Get started today with our dental office. Our local dentists look forward to assisting you in your dental health journey. Call today to schedule an appointment. 253.851.9171