Dr. Matt Sahli has extensive experience in dental crown placement in patients throughout the Tukwila and Lacey, WA, area. At Sunrise Dental, patients receive durable, attractive dental crowns using the most advanced techniques and durable, natural-looking materials for optimal, long-lasting results.

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What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth, providing added protection and strength while also improving the appearance of the tooth and the aesthetics of the smile. Dental crowns have many applications, including:

  • Providing strength for a tooth that’s badly decayed or fractures
  • Increasing the strength and durability of a tooth that’s been treated with root canal therapy
  • Hiding deep discoloration
  • Providing support for special clips used to attach dental bridges
  • Supporting and strengthening teeth with very large or discolored fillings

Crowns can be made of many different materials, including gold and other metals, porcelain, composite resin and zirconia, and insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs can vary depending on the material that’s selected and the individual dental plan.

How are Dental Crowns Applied?

Crowns typically require two visits. Because a crown fits over the existing tooth, the first step in crown placement is to remove a small portion of the tooth surface material in order to make room for the crown’s thickness so the crown feels comfortable and other teeth are not crowded. This process can be performed using a local anesthetic. Next, an impression is made of the tooth and sent to the lab where the crown will be made. If the crown is tooth-colored, the tint will also be selected at this time. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it. At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be carefully cleaned. The crown is attached to the tooth surface using a strong dental adhesive, then gently shaped so it fits comfortably.

How Should I Care for My Crown?

Crowns should be cared for like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine checkups to ensure it stays in good shape. Although crowns are stain-resistant, it’s also a good idea to rinse after having foods or drinks known to cause stains.

How Long Will a Crown Last?

With proper care, most crowns can last for 10 to 20 years, depending on the material.