Dental Crowns – Lacey, WA

Restore Your Weakened & Broken Teeth

Did you know that your teeth are harder than your bones? Unfortunately, there are still plenty of reasons why you may find yourself with weakened, decayed, or cracked teeth over the years. What’s more, enamel can’t heal itself once it’s been injured! Leaving a damaged tooth untreated can put you at a higher risk of all manner of oral health issues. Fortunately, we can help restore your weakened and broken teeth with beautiful, custom-made dental crowns in Lacey! These reliable restorations can help your pearly whites look and feel their best for many years to come. Give us a call today to see if a dental crown is right for you!

 

Why Choose Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry For Dental Crowns?

  • #1 CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns Available
  • #2 We Proudly Accept Dental Insurance
  • #3 Convenient Scheduling for Entire Families Available

What Is a Dental Crown?

Digital illustration of dental crowns in Lacey

Essentially, a dental crown is a cap that fits over your tooth. It’s carefully designed from high-quality materials to look just like your natural pearly whites, so once it’s in place, it should blend in seamlessly. The crown encapsulates the entire visible portion of a tooth, holding it together and restoring its function. Additionally, it provides extensive protection from future damage or decay. Dental crowns are often recommended for patients who have:

  • Teeth with very large fillings or cavities
  • Cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth
  • Naturally small or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that have been repaired with a root canal
  • Teeth that are missing and being replaced with a dental implant

The Process of Getting a Dental Crown

woman getting a dental crown in Lacey

In most cases, it only takes two appointments to get a dental crown. First, we’ll remove some enamel from the tooth. Not only will this make sure there is enough room for the dental crown, it will provide a better surface for it to bond to. Next, we’ll take impressions and fit you with a temporary dental crown. You’ll wear your temporary crown for about a week or two while the impressions are used to craft your permanent restoration. Then, you’ll return to our office to have your permanent crown cemented in place.

In some cases, a patient may be a candidate for a CEREC same-day dental crown. With this option, the permanent dental crown is created right here at our practice with our in-house milling machine in just about an hour or so. As their name suggests, you’ll be able to get your permanent crown the same day you visit us for your initial appointment!

Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

Smiling man with dental crowns in Lacey

Dental crowns offer a bevy of important benefits, such as:

  • Prevent future damage and infection, as well as the treatments needed to address them.
  • No more discomfort, pain, or sensitivity while eating or talking.
  • Helping you avoid a root canal or tooth extraction for the injured tooth in the future.
  • Enjoy beautiful, lifelike results that look just like a natural tooth.
  • Durable construction from high quality materials that can last for many years.

Dental Crown FAQs

Dental crown in Lacey on dentist’s fingertip

You deserve to know as much as possible before deciding to get a dental restoration, so if you have questions about dental crowns or bridges, we invite you to simply call our team and ask! To help you get information quickly, we’ve gone ahead and responded to some of the most popular questions we receive about this common treatment.

How long do dental crowns last?

The average lifespan of a dental crown is five to 15 years. Even though crowns can be made from a variety of materials, the biggest determining factor when it comes to their longevity is the patient themselves. Things such as oral hygiene, diet, and daily habits like smoking, teeth grinding, and nail-biting can contribute to a crown lasting longer or shorter than expected. Typically, crowns placed on the front teeth tend to last longer because they aren’t subjected to the same amount of chewing force as ones on the back teeth.

Can a dental crown get a cavity?

A dental crown itself can never get a cavity because it is not an organic material. However, the natural tooth beneath the crown can develop decay without proper care. A lack of brushing and flossing can allow bacteria to form near the gum line where the crown and tooth meet, leading to infection. Fortunately, these types of cavities can be largely prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

Your mouth will be numbed before your tooth is prepared to be fitted with a dental crown, so you shouldn’t feel much if anything while in the chair. The tooth may be a bit sensitive following the procedure, but this will usually go away on its own after two or three days, and it can be managed with OTC medication in the meantime.