Are your teeth badly stained, broken, or with large, dark fillings? Crowns can correct cosmetic issues while protecting your teeth from future damage and decay. Crowns encircle your teeth, providing a strong, protective barrier while also blending into the surrounding teeth for a result that looks natural and healthy. As leading dentists in Renton, Washington, Dr. Rick Sodergren and Dr. Deborah Gur-Arie are skilled in crown procedures, helping patients at First Impressions Dental Care protect their teeth while improving the appearance of their smiles.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are very durable, thin, protective coverings designed to encircle the entire visible part of your tooth, all the way down to the gum. Crowns can be tinted and shaped to match the shade and contours of a natural tooth so they blend in perfectly with your other teeth.

When are dental crowns used?

Crowns are used to correct cosmetic defects like large metal fillings or deep discoloration. They’re also used to protect and strengthen teeth that are broken or badly damaged, teeth that are treated with root canal therapy, and teeth that are used to support a dental bridge.

How are crowns applied?

Crown application usually requires you to come in for two office visits - one to prepare your tooth and one to apply the permanent crown. At your first visit, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will shave some of the surface material from your tooth, gently shaping it to make room for the crown so it fits comfortably. Then, they’ll take an impression of the tooth, select the shade for your crown, and send the impression to the dental lab where the permanent crown will be made. Finally, they’ll place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it. At the second office visit, they’ll remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth, and fit the permanent crown in place, adhering it with a strong adhesive before the final buffing.

What type of care do crowns require?

Crowns can be cared for like your natural teeth, with brushing and flossing and routine trips to the dentist every six months to clean the gums and ensure it’s well-attached and in good shape. You’ll want to avoid chewing on hard candy and ice to prevent chipping the crown (and to prevent chipping your natural teeth as well).

How long will a crown last?

With proper care, you can expect a crown to last up to 15-20 years.

Can crowns be whitened?

No. Crowns are designed to be very resistant to stains, and their impermeability means they also don’t absorb whitening agents. If a crown does become discolored, you’ll have to have it replaced. Many patients have their teeth whitened before receiving a crown to make sure the crown matches their teeth when they look their best.


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2000 Benson Road South, #260
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Renton, WA 98055
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