Dental Crowns in Fairwood, WA

Are you concerned about a damaged or severely worn tooth? At MyDentist, we specialize in restoring smiles with high-quality dental crowns. Though our practice is not located in Fairwood, WA, Dr. Nicholas R. Harker, DDS and our dedicated team are proud to offer our dental crown services to the Fairwood community. 


What Are Dental Crowns and their Benefits?

Dental crowns are custom-fitted tooth restorations that cover the entire visible part of a tooth. They are used to restore strength, appearance, and functionality to a tooth that has been damaged by decay, injury, or wear. It also offers numerous advantages for individuals with damaged or decayed teeth. Here are some key benefits and what you should know about dental crowns:

  • Materials Used: Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, and composite resin. Each material has its benefits, with porcelain and ceramic crowns often chosen for their natural appearance.
  • Functionality: A crown can help restore a tooth to its original shape, size, and function, making it easier for you to chew and speak.
  • Durability: With proper care, dental crowns can last many years, often decades, but they do eventually need to be replaced.
  • Cosmetic Improvement: Crowns can also improve the appearance of your smile by covering discolored or poorly shaped teeth.
  • Protection: By encasing the tooth, a crown protects it from further damage and decay.


Overview of the Dental Crown Procedure

Getting a dental crown typically requires two visits to MyDentist. Here's what happens during the procedure:

  • First Visit - Examination and Preparation: Dr. Nick Harker will examine your tooth and may take X-rays. The tooth is then filed down to prepare for the crown. If there is extensive damage or decay, a filling may be used to build up the tooth. Impressions of the tooth are taken to create your custom crown.
  • Temporary Crown: A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while your permanent crown is being made.
  • Second Visit - Crown Placement: Once your permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed, and the new crown is adjusted as needed before being permanently cemented in place.

To know more, please contact us at 509-464-4100.


Aftercare for Dental Crowns

To ensure the longevity of your dental crown, follow these aftercare tips:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly, paying extra attention to the area around the crown.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: To prevent damage, avoid chewing hard foods and ice with your crowned tooth.
  • Wear a Mouthguard: If you grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your crown.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Schedule regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Harker to ensure the health of your crown and surrounding teeth.


How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

With proper care, dental crowns typically last between 5 to 15 years or longer. The lifespan depends on the wear and tear the crown is exposed to and how well you follow good oral hygiene practices.


Do Dental Crowns Feel Like Real Teeth?

Dental crowns are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. After a brief adjustment period, you should not notice a difference.


Is the Crown Placement Procedure Painful?

The procedure is typically performed with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. You may experience some sensitivity immediately after the procedure, but this should subside quickly.


Book Your Dental Crowns Appointment in Fairwood, WA Today!

Don't let damaged or decayed teeth affect your confidence and oral health. Contact us online or call us at 509-464-4100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nicholas R. Harker, DDS. Our team is committed to providing you with the highest quality dental crowns, ensuring a beautiful and healthy smile.