Crowns – Overview

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Dental crowns are a treatment in which an artificial cap is placed on a tooth to cover damage or support the structure of a damaged tooth. Dental crowns not only fix damaged tooth structure – they can also improve tooth shape or alignment for a better cosmetic appearance.

Crowns come in many different material types. Gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all porcelain crowns are the most common variations. The ideal type of crown will vary by the needs of the patient – Dr. Bowyer can recommend the most appropriate crown type for you. Crowns are also fixed, non-removable prosthetic devices. They are cemented onto existing teeth or other permanent dental work, and can only be removed by a dentist.

How Can I Tell If I Need A Dental Crown?

You may need a dental crown if you are experiencing one of these symptoms:

  • You start to experience pain in a specific tooth.
  • A tooth has unusual sensitivity to hot or cold.
  • You notice one of your teeth is misshapen or stained.
  • You have had a root canal or large filling.

If you’re experiencing any of these situations, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowyer to see if a dental crown is the right solution for you.

What Should I Expect When Getting A Dental Crown?

The dental crown process involves the following steps:

  1. Your dentist examines your mouth to decide if a dental crown is needed.
  2. If a crown is the right solution, your dentist will create a mold of the tooth that needs a crown.
  3. A temporary crown is made in the dental office using the mold.
  4. This temporary crown is affixed to your damaged tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is made.
  5. The mold of your tooth is sent off to a dental lab to manufacture a crown custom-fitted to your tooth.
  6. When this permanent crown is finished, your dentist will schedule an appointment to swap out the temporary crown for the permanent one.
  7. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one.
  8. Some adjustments may be needed to make the crown more comfortable. If needed, these will be done during additional dental visits.

Ready To Take The Next Step?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bowyer to see if dental crowns are right for you. You can call us at (360) 253-2640, email us at, or use the form on this page to request a free consultation.

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