A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure when filling materials cannot offer an acceptable long-term restorative solution. Sometimes several crowns can be connected together to stabilize loose teeth. Crowns can also be used to esthetically change the shape, color, and function of teeth, resulting in a beautiful, natural smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Schmidt to determine if crowns are right for you. Give us a call at 206-242-6660 to get started.
Crowns can be made of precious metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. In all cases, they strengthen and protect the tooth. Dr. Schmidt utilizes a custom shading process to create a perfect match to the neighboring teeth. The crown is permanently cemented only after the shade has been approved by the patient.
A crown may be recommended for:
- Esthetic enhancement
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- A tooth with a root canal
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