Dental Crowns in
Spokane Valley, WA

Affordable Dental Crowns in Spokane Valley, WA

Dentistry is an art as well as a science; dental crowns offer a perfect example of this. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework.

A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. So, if you have a damaged tooth that has been chipped, a crown might be the restoration that will bring your smile back to 100%!

Crowns strengthen damaged teeth by keeping the healthy part of your tooth and putting a porcelain cap over the tooth, allowing it to function normally again. When crafted from today’s high-tech porcelains and dental ceramics, crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance.

There are other materials besides porcelain that we can use to make dental crowns, depending on what qualities are most important. For durability, cast gold can’t be beat. However, this is not always the most aesthetic choice — especially towards the front of the mouth. Other possibilities include porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM), which have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a more natural appearance, and all-porcelain crowns with zirconia, representing the strongest ceramic. We would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of these various options with you.

Crowning or Capping a Tooth

Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two to three visits. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown. First, it is shaped to fit inside the new covering. This will involve some modification of the tooth structure to give the tooth a uniform shape. The tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed beforehand. If there is very little tooth structure left to begin with, the tooth may have to be built up with filling material, rather than modified, to support the crown.

After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with reliable, putty-like impression materials, and sent to our in-house dental laboratory. Here, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the fabrication of a crown. The models will serve as guides for Brad and his highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.

Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source, or a type of permanent dental cement.

Creating a Bridge

Crowns can also be used to create a lifelike replacement for a missing tooth. This is done with bridgework, which spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth; these healthy teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. The two crowned abutment teeth become supports for a third crown placed in between them; that third crown is referred to as a pontic. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth.

The number of abutment teeth necessary to replace missing teeth is influenced by the number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as where in the mouth the missing tooth is located. For example, if you have three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-tooth bridge. Engineering and designing of the bridge requires an understanding of how to replace teeth, as well as the biology of the supporting gum and bone tissue.

Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

Crowns and bridgework require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.

Top-Rated Restoration Dentist Near Me – High Quality Dental Crowns in Spokane Valley – Affordable Dental Crowns Near Me

Meet Your Top-Rated Family Dentist in Spokane Valley

Bradley J. Harken, D.D.S.

Our Services

Dental Crowns

Emergency Care

General Dentistry

Implant Dentistry

Orthodontics

Pediatric Dentistry

The Proof is in our Patients

Sophia Garcia
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This will be my new dentist. I needed an emergency appointment, and they told me to come in right away. They were so friendly and Dr. Harken made me feel comfortable. They made me feel like they really cared that I was in pain. They worked with us on payments to get the root canal that I needed, and I left that office pain free!! From the receptionist to the dentist, everyone was awesome. I highly recommend going there!!!
Joann Brown
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The hours attracted me to this office, I just can't take the time off work for the amount of work that I need done over the next couple of years so Saturday appointments are extremely nice. I have had a few major things done - most recently a root canal and every thing they have done has been great
Margie Bradfute
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The staff is gentle, knowledgeable and helpful. I really love the convenience of the hours they are open. They work with me financially. Overall...a great dental experience.

Our Spokane Valley Office

13314 E Nora Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216

Hours

Monday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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