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Were you told that one of your teeth might need a cap, or a dental crown? From the name, you may be picturing a crown as something that sits on top of the tooth and adds an extra layer of strength and protection. However, unlike its moniker, a dental crown is not a fashion accessory and shouldn’t be removed.

Dental crowns can be used in a many different dental restorations, but they can also be used to help strengthen a weakened tooth, improve the aesthetic of a blemished tooth, bind a broken or shattered tooth etc. A crown covers the desired tooth to the gumline, but before your tooth can be “fitted,” our dentist will need to reduce the size of your tooth.

Dental crowns can provide the appearance of a natural tooth, and as a result, they have become a popular option. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but porcelain and porcelain-based crowns have become some of the most popular because they can have the ability to match the natural color of your smile. Each crown is custom-made to match the shape of your teeth in your smile. When the crown is completed, it is cemented onto the reduced tooth.

Dental crowns can potentially to last a lifetime. Porcelain-based crowns may not be able to withstand heavy teeth grinding and can be susceptible under pressure. If the surface of your crown ever feels rough, you should make an appointment with Dr. Donald Kim.

If you live near the Vancouver, Washington, area and want more information on dental crowns, please call (360) 356-1510 to talk to a member of our team today. At Vista Dental, our top priority is your dental health.