Restorative Care | Swisher Dental Kennewick, WAadmin2015-09-02T04:36:13+00:00
When a tooth is fractured, has a large old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, a crown maybe recommended for the restoration of the tooth. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure, providing chewing function and improvement the appearance of your smile.
The three types of crowns we provide include the full porcelain crown, porcelain-fused-to-gold crown, and full-gold crown.
Full-All Porcelain (Lava Crowns)
All-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line. They have no metal in it at all and are typically used more towards the front of the mouth.
Porcelain-fused-to gold crowns have a gold core with layers of porcelain baked over the top. They are commonly placed towards the back of the mouth; mainly the chewing teeth (posterior), for those with strong bites.
Normally when other gold is already present in a patient’s mouth, the doctors will stay with the gold, unless the patient requests otherwise.
When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, patients have the option to close this space with the placement of a bridge or an implant. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side. A bridge restores the chewing function or the binding function of the teeth. An implant is an individual titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. After the integration of the post, a crown is placed as the permanent restoration.
Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize a soft white plastic substance that is hardened by blue light. Composite is virtually impossible to detect which is why most all patients like this type of restoration.
Inlays and onlays are considered to be partial crowns. Inlays are placed inside the chewing surface of the tooth and an onlay is placed on the outer surface of the tooth. Inlays and onlays require stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. They are often used when a small part of a tooth is broken out and doesn’t require the need for a full crown. Whether your tooth requires an inlay, onlay or a full crown, your final restoration will look remarkable.
We offer our patients a superior dental experience and an unparalleled level of quality care