Dental Crowns and How They Can Help Your Smile
By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Is your smile less than perfect? Dental crowns offered by your Federal Way, WA, dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, can improve the function and appearance of your teeth—read on to learn more.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow restorations designed to slip over the top parts of your teeth. Before you receive a crown, your dentist must file your tooth to reduce its size. This step ensures a comfortable fit for your restoration.

Crowns are made of a variety of materials tough enough to stand up to years of wear-and-tear, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. The restorations are attached with dental cement and become a permanent part of your smile.

How can a dental crown improve my smile?

Dental crowns offer several important smile benefits for Federal Way residents, including:

  • Protection for Fragile Teeth: Weak or cracked teeth are at increased risk of fracture. Fractures can happen without warning one day when you take a bite of an apple or chew a piece of pizza. Crowns strengthen fragile teeth and absorb the biting forces generated when you chew.
  • Restoration of Damaged Teeth: Broken teeth are not only unsightly but also make it difficult to chew and bite. Depending on where the break occurs, the teeth can also be quite painful if the broken ends are exposed to the air. Crowns end your pain and restore the normal appearance of damaged teeth. In fact, no one will ever know that you once had a broken tooth.
  • Enhanced Appearance: Crowns can completely change the appearance of unattractive teeth, making them a good choice if you have a crooked or oddly shaped tooth or want to conceal discolorations.
  • Replacement of Missing Teeth: Crowns are used in dental implants and bridges to fill gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. In dental implants, crowns are attached to synthetic posts that serve as artificial tooth roots. Crowns are also attached to one or two artificial teeth to anchor a bridge in place.

Make over your smile with dental crowns. Contact your dentist in Federal Way, WA, Dr. Yoshino, at (253) 815-0441 to schedule an appointment.