Larry R. Adams, DMD -  - Cosmetic and Emergency Dentist

Dental Care By Design

Larry R. Adams, DMD

Cosmetic and Emergency Dentist located in Lacey, WA

If you have a tooth that’s been damaged from decay, trauma, or fractures, it may need a crown. Larry R. Adams, DMD, of Dental Care By Design in Lacey, Washington, provides crowns when necessary using the latest CAD/CAM technology for the digital impressions, design, and manufacture of the new crown. This process has been shown to provide the best fit as compared to the traditional impression technique. Our dental lab uses the best materials available. The newest crown materials have no metal to provide the highest aesthetic outcome. Dr. Adams also serves the Olympia, WA and Tumwater WA area. To learn more about how a crown can improve your oral health, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking your visit online.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap sealed in place on top of a damaged or decayed tooth in order to reinforce an existing tooth structure and prevent further damage. Crowns can also be affixed to dental implants in order to replace a missing tooth.

A crown feels and functions just like your natural teeth. Many crowns today are made out of materials that look just like your natural teeth, allowing it to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.

When are crowns used?

Crowns can serve a variety of functions, from cosmetic to medical, and used to:

  • Enhance the appearance of your smile by replacing an unsightly tooth
  • Replace a tooth that’s suffering from severe decay
  • Restore function to a tooth that’s been badly worn or damaged
  • Protect a weakened tooth
  • Improve your ability to properly speak or chew

Crowns also replace any holes in your smile where you might be missing teeth, which effectively prevents your other natural teeth from shifting and rotating into the open space and causing problems with your bite and jaw muscles.

How do I get a crown?

You can get a high-quality crown expertly installed with two easy trips to Dental Care By Design. During your first visit, Dr. Adams numbs your tooth-to-be-crowned and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. After your numb, he shaves off some of the enamel from your tooth in order to make room for the crown.

Once your tooth is prepared, he takes an impression that he sends off to a lab. They’ll design your crown to fit snugly over your existing tooth structure, blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth, and restore function to the damaged tooth. He sends you home with a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent restoration to come back from the lab.

Once the permanent crown is ready, you come back for a second visit. Dr. Adams removes your temporary crown and cleans your mouth before fitting the permanent crown in place. He checks to ensure that the bite and fit are correct, and then bonds the crown to your existing tooth structure with permanent dental sealant. You’ll leave the office able to chew, speak, and smile as if you never had a damaged tooth in the first place!

Don’t wait to improve your smile. If you’re in need of a crown, make an appointment today at Dental Care By Design and cap that tooth. You can schedule your visit by calling the office or booking online.