Dental Crowns in Longview and Battle Ground, WA

Most commonly performed after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. A full coverage restoration that’s used to cover a tooth that is likely to break or is too damaged to be restored with a filling.    The larger the hole made by a cavity that needs to be treated, the more likely a dental crown will be necessary.  Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break.  Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body and teeth are subjected to a tremendous amount of pressure.  Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage.  A broken or cracked tooth is far more serious and much more difficult to treat, and crowns prevent this as well as making for a beautiful smile!  It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown.  In the first visit, decay is removed from the tooth, and it is shaped to accept the crown.  Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits, the crown is being made (usually of high-strength porcelain over alloy or all ceramic material) a temporary crown is worn.  At the second visit, this temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and cemented in place.