Universal Dental Care

Dentists located in Tacoma, WA

When you’ve got a tooth crack, break, or other serious damage, a crown can be the ideal solution. It protects your tooth while enhancing aesthetic appearance at the same time. At Universal Dental Care in Tacoma, Washington, the experienced dental care team offers comfortable no-stress care from a bilingual staff who truly cares, so book your appointment online or by phone today.

Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are caps that fit over a damaged tooth to cover it fully, down to the gum line. Each crown is custom-made for the tooth that it covers, which gives you a perfect fit and makes it indistinguishable from your other teeth.

When do I need a crown?

There are many circumstances in which your Universal Dental Care dentist may recommend a crown, including:

  • Broken tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Worn tooth
  • Brittle tooth
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Dental implant cover
  • Support for a dental bridge

Another common reason for needing crowns is a root canal. During a root canal, your dentist removes infected tissue within your tooth and then places sterile filling material called gutta percha in its place. Your tooth can be vulnerable to damage after a root canal, and that's where crowns come in. A crown restores a post-root canal tooth to full appearance and function.

What are crowns made from?

Crowns are made from porcelain. Because porcelain is naturally white, stain-resistant, and incredibly durable, it's an excellent choice to cover your teeth.

How does the crown process work?

Usually, you need two visits with your Universal Dental Care dentist to complete the crown process. Your dentist starts with X-ray imaging and a visual exam to verify the tooth problem you're experiencing.

After discussing treatment with you, your dentist gives you local anesthesia and then removes a small quantity of tooth enamel. Finally, your dentist creates an impression of your tooth so the technician can make a custom crown in a laboratory.

You’ll get a temporary crown to wear home. This temporary crown isn’t as durable as your permanent one will be, so be cautious about biting down hard, chewing gum, or other things you normally do with a healthy tooth.

In your next visit to Universal Dental Care, your Universal Dental Care dentist takes off the temporary crown and replaces it with your permanent crown. Since your dentist uses a dental-grade cement to attach the permanent crown, it’s firmly secured, and you can use it just like any healthy tooth.

A crown can improve appearance as well as function, so it’s an excellent choice when you need to repair a damaged tooth.

At Universal Dental Care, emergencies are welcome, and same-day appointments are available. Use the online scheduler, or call Universal Dental Care to learn whether a crown can help you now.