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Marie Durflinger, DDS & Rima Abifaker, DDS
(425) 208-0032

Dental Crowns


A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer than it would be with a filling or another restoration.

Illustration of a gold and porcelain dental crown

Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown


Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:
•  Fractured or broken teeth
•  Severely decayed teeth
•  Cosmetic imperfections
•  Fractured fillings
•  Tooth protection needed after a root canal

Types of Dental Crowns


There are three main types of dental crowns available, and we'll help you choose the right one for your mouth:
•  All Porcelain: The all porcelain crown is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, but it is generally only recommended for the front teeth. When placed on the rear teeth, the risk of fracture with these crowns will increase, especially if you clench and grind your teeth. Evaluation of your bite will help determine what crown materials are the best choice for you.
•  Gold: Gold crowns are extremely durable, and they are best suited for the back molars where they cannot be seen. Gold crowns are useful for people who clench or grind their teeth. Gold crowns tend to be most similar to your natural teeth, which will allow the tissue to quickly adapt to the restoration, and a minimal amount of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed to have the crown put into place.
•  Porcelain Fused to Metal: This type of crown will feature a metal base with porcelain attached to the outside, making the restoration more attractive than an entirely metal option. If you want the durability of a gold crown but want your tooth to look as natural as possible, this would be a great selection. Some risk does still exist regarding fractures, but in the event of a chip or break, it is usually just the outer porcelain portion that is damaged.

The Dental Crown Procedure


If you will be getting a dental crown, you can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing decay and old filling, a new fresh composite buildup will be placed, and the surface of crown will be prepped. We will then take an impression of your tooth so your custom crown can be created. You will wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is being made at the lab.

At your follow-up appointment, we will take off the temporary crown, and we will place the custom crown. We will ensure proper bite, spacing, and fit of the new crown with an x-ray. Upon your approval of the color, the crown will be permanently cemented.

After your appointment, we'll encourage you to follow up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you'll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.

Time to schedule an appointment?


At Bella Dental Care, we create a strong emotional investment in each and every patient we serve, and we want to show you how amazing your dental experience can be! Are you ready to schedule your appointment with us? Call us at (425) 208-0032 or fill out or online appointment request form today!

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Marie Durflinger, DDS
Rima Abifaker, DDS


Call (425) 208-0032

Bella Dental Care
1550 140th Avenue NE Suite 110,
Bellevue, WA 98005-4500


Open Monday–Friday
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