Your enamel is the strongest substance in your body, but it can suffer damage over time. Factors like dental trauma, cavities, and an acidic environment can erode or damage your enamel. More importantly, dental damage diminishes your ability to eat the foods you love and results in pain and sensitivity.
When your tooth damage is too extensive for a typical filling, Dr. Ann Kelley recommends dental crowns to restore your tooth’s appearance and health. Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, Washington, uses beautiful porcelain crowns to rebuild your teeth without sacrificing your smile’s esthetics.
Determining whether a dental crown is ideal for you starts with a consultation with Dr. Kelley. We use digital imaging to establish whether your tooth has a healthy structure to support a crown. We also use these images to inspect the surrounding tissues to ensure your crown will have a strong and healthy foundation.
Once we determine your crown eligibility, we numb your gums and file down the affected tooth to create space for a crown. Your crown shouldn’t occupy more or less space than the original complete tooth. This allows your restoration to lay flush with the rest of the teeth for a seamless appearance.
After tooth preparation, we take impressions of your prepped tooth to provide our lab technician with a reference when crafting your bespoke crown. Since your crown fabrication takes a few days, you’ll leave with a temporary crown until your final restoration is ready.
We’ll call you for installation once your crown arrives in our office. When you arrive, we’ll remove the provisional crown, clean your tooth, and try the fit of your new crown. If necessary, we’ll adjust your crown to fit comfortably and appear natural.
Our office only installs non-metal, ceramic, or all-porcelain dental crowns. Our goal isn’t just to repair your tooth — we want to restore your smile with safety and aesthetics in mind.
The advantages of porcelain crowns include:
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