Dental Crowns in Spokane, WA

When cracks and cavities damage our teeth, restorative dental work can save the day. Often, simple fillings are enough to repair a tooth. But sometimes, a tooth is damaged to the point where fillings won’t help hold it together. When this occurs, you may need a tooth crown. 

Natural-looking dental crowns can help repair badly broken teeth by covering and protecting the remaining tooth structure from further decay. They can even take the place of a tooth by topping off a dental implant.

If you know or suspect you might need a dental crown in Spokane, please call 509-532-1111 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken or Dr. Marnie Collins at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics. We’ll help you explore this or other cosmetic dentistry options to find the solution that fits you best.

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What Dental Crowns Can Do for You

Dental crowns are versatile restorations. We can use them in many different situations for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We use dental crowns when:

  • A tooth is too decayed for a filling
  • A large filling has failed
  • Protecting a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Topping a dental implant
  • Supporting a dental bridge
  • A veneer is not a good enough cosmetic restoration
  • Rebuilding the bite in neuromuscular dentistry

Dental crowns can give your new tooth an entirely new surface. They can protect, support, and beautify natural teeth or replace the visible part of a tooth as part of a dental implant.

You may think your tooth is too damaged, decayed, or unattractive to save, but in many cases, a dental crown can preserve your natural tooth – and look beautiful!

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are usually made of one of three types of materials:

  • Gold – Sometimes used for teeth located in the rear part of the mouth, gold crowns are quite durable; however, as the price of gold ascends, they’ve become less popular. They’re also less aesthetically pleasing because they tend to stand out from adjacent natural teeth.
  • Porcelain/metal hybrid – These are also called porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns. Because they closely match the appearance of natural teeth, porcelain/metal hybrid crowns are more attractive than all metal varieties. That said, over time, the underlying metal may begin to show near the gum line, causing the crown to become more noticeable and less appealing.
  • All-porcelain – Technological advances have made all-porcelain crowns far more durable than they used to be. This has made them the most popular restorative material today, especially since they blend well with adjacent natural teeth.

Full-Coverage Crowns VS. Partial Coverage

We only offer full-coverage dental crowns at Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics because we know they are the best and longest-lasting fix for your teeth. Full coverage means that your entire tooth is covered with a crown. Partial coverage means it’s just on the top (inlay) or the top and partway down the sides (onlay). 

We also offer porcelain veneers for cosmetic reasons when no damage is involved. However, when you have a tooth that needs protection due to damage or decay, a full-coverage dental crown is your best option.

Why Choose Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics?

Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics is a recognized leader in oral health. We’ve built our practice over 25 years, distinguishing ourselves with a family-oriented approach. Led by the highly skilled Dr. Ken and Dr. Marnie Collins, our team is committed to meeting the individual needs of every patient.

At our dental office, we prioritize creating a clean, comfortable, and welcoming environment. We aim to make your dental experience as stress-free and pleasant as possible. Our commitment to continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment allows us to provide high-quality care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Type of Crown Is Most Popular?

Because they are durable and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, porcelain crowns tend to offer the best results. While some regard porcelain as a relatively fragile material, the porcelain used in today’s crowns is amazingly strong and durable. In fact, porcelain dental crowns are capable of withstanding about as much wear and tear as a natural tooth.

As a bonus, the porcelain material is very tooth-like in appearance, and the shade of the porcelain can be customized to match the teeth surrounding the dental crown to give you a natural-looking restoration.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

With proper care, dental crowns can last between 10 to 15 years. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups are essential for their longevity.

Are Dental Crowns Noticeable?

Modern dental crowns, especially porcelain ones, are designed to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable.

What Is the Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown?

The procedure typically involves two visits. During the first visit, we prepare the tooth and take the impressions. We place a temporary crown on your tooth while the permanent one is made. On the second visit, we fit the permanent crown and cement it in place.

Can a Crowned Tooth Get Cavities?

While the crown itself cannot decay, the tooth underneath is still susceptible to cavities, especially at the gum line. You’ll still need to maintain good oral hygiene to protect your tooth.

Is the Crown Placement Procedure Painful?

The procedure is typically not painful, as we perform it under local anesthesia. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity afterward, which usually subsides within a few days.

How Should I Care for My Dental Crown?

Care for your dental crown as you would your natural teeth: brush twice daily, floss regularly, avoid hard or sticky foods that can damage the crown, and visit our dental office regularly.

Can a Dental Crown Be Replaced?

Yes, if a dental crown becomes damaged or worn out, we can replace it. Regular dental check-ups will help us monitor the condition of your crowns.

Porcelain Crowns: A Popular Choice

Dentists such as Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins in Spokane can help you understand your specific needs. Regardless of what material it is made of, your dental crown will be custom molded to ensure that it compliments your natural teeth.

If you live in the Spokane, WA area or are willing to travel to Spokane, please contact Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins today, or call their office at 509-532-1111.

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