A full dental crown is a covering placed over your tooth with the goal of restoring its shape, size, strength and its appearance.

Dental Crowns

Full crowns completely encase the visible portion of a tooth, extending from the biting surface down to the gum line.

Dental crowns are used to:

  • Restore a tooth that is broken or severely ground down by grinding
  • Cover and protect a tooth that is broken down so far that it will not support a large filling
  • Anchor a dental bridge when natural teeth are being used as abutment structures
  • Cover an oddly shaped, severely discolored or broken tooth
  • Form the visible portion of a dental implant

Dental crowns can be crafted using a range of materials. Based on their construction, there are four styles of dental crowns. These include:

  • All metal dental crown
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown
  • All resin dental crown
  • All ceramic (all porcelain) dental crown

The all metal dental crown that Dr. Becker prefers is hand crafted using a gold alloy.

He prefers gold dental crowns for the following reasons:

  • Gold is incredibly biocompatible
  • It has the smoothest edges and maintains its smooth, glossy finish
  • It is the most gentle to the nerve of the tooth
  • Gold’s expandability and contractibility closely approximates that of natural teeth
  • It wears gently against the opposing teeth when chewing
  • Gold is less traumatic for your tooth over time

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If you have any further questions about dental crowns, please call Dr. Becker’s office at 206.542.4848.

It is unfortunate when teeth need to be removed.

Replacing them with natural looking and functional artificial teeth is usually possible.

Every tooth is custom made depending on what shape and type of restoration was present at the beginning of treatment.

Crowned teeth do not require any special care, but this does not mean they are indestructible nor does it mean that underlying teeth are protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices including professional teeth cleanings.