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Dental Crowns
Mercer Island, WA


Dr. Shiotsu can walk patients through the dental crown procedure, Mercer Island DentistYour teeth are strong. Taking care of them with brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, helps to ensure that they stay that way, enabling them to perform their numerous essential responsibilities. However, even with proper care, the teeth can still be faced with damages that can compromise their strength and their health. At Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, we can restore damaged teeth with crowns.


What is a Crown?


When your teeth are physically damaged or decayed, their structure and health become compromised. The teeth are at risk of further harm. Moreover, if the damage extends into the inner layers of the teeth, it can leave the teeth vulnerable to infection. Crowns are dental restorations that are similar to caps in appearance. These caps cover the entire visible portion of your damaged teeth and are designed to restore the strength and the health of your teeth, protecting them from further harm

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Before and after images of a
dental crown case by Dr. Shiotsu


Crown Materials


Crowns can be made from one of several different types of materials. Common crown materials include:
•  Metal: Metal crowns have been in use the longest. They are the strongest of all crown options, practically impervious to damage. They can stand up to even the strongest bite pressures, making them good options for the teeth at the back of your mouth. The biggest disadvantage of these crowns is that they are silver or gold in color.
•  Porcelain fused to metal: Porcelain fused to metal crowns combine the strength of metal around the tooth with the aesthetics of porcelain. Porcelain can be designed to perfectly match the color of the rest of your teeth. However, with these crowns, a thin metal line often shows through along the gum line.
•  Ceramic: Ceramic crowns are the most popular option. This particular material, much like porcelain, can be made to blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. It also reflects light in a similar manner to enamel, providing a perfectly natural appearance. While not as strong as metal, they can stand up to most normal daily use.
•  Gold: Gold crowns are extremely durable, and they are best suited for the back molars where they cannot be seen. Gold crowns are useful for people who clench or grind their teeth. Gold crowns tend to be most similar to your natural teeth, which will allow the tissue to quickly adapt to the restoration, and a minimal amount of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed to have the crown put into place.


An example of a gold crown
An example of a gold crown


Getting Your Crown


Getting a crown is a procedure that typically takes two visits to complete. At your first appointment, the tooth is prepared. Preparing the tooth involves removing a portion of the enamel, a process known as trimming. This process, done under a local anesthetic, is performed to reduce the tooth in size so that the crown can fit comfortably in with the rest of your teeth. After the tooth is prepared, an impression of your mouth is taken.

The impression is sent off to a dental lab, where the crown is designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for the crown to be ready, so a temporary restoration is placed in the meantime. Once the crown is ready, you have your second appointment. We check the crown for proper fit and bite and cement it into place.

Benefits of a Crown


A crown provides numerous benefits.
•  The strength of your tooth is restored.
•  Crowns protect the teeth from further damage as well as infections.
•  Ceramic crowns restore the appearance of the affected teeth.
•  Crowns can also be used to anchor bridges in place or cover the screws of dental implants.

Crowns protect the health and strength of damaged teeth, enabling them to remain in their sockets.

If you have suffered tooth damage, call Goichi Shiotsu, DDS to schedule your consultation today at (206) 232-3600.
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