Crowns

Shaun S. Lee, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

SL Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Shaun S. Lee, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Renton, WA

A dental crown can help restore your tooth’s shape or strengthen a tooth when it’s broken, worn, has a large cavity, or has had portions destroyed by tooth decay. At SL Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Renton, Washington, Shaun S. Lee, DDS provides the utmost care when placing crowns. Using advance technologies and the highest-quality materials, he will design a crown that matches the exact color of your own teeth, so it looks and feels natural.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

Why would I need a crown?

Dental crowns can be used to:

  • Cover a tooth that has large fillings
  • Cap a dental implant
  • Replace the broken part of a tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has extensive decay

How is a crown different from a filling?

When a cavity is so large that there’s insufficient tooth remaining to support a filling, crowns or onlays (partial crowns) can be an appropriate solution. With a filling, restorative material is used to fill the hole in your tooth. A crown is a custom-designed cap that fits directly over a damaged tooth.

What does the procedure entail?

Dr. Lee makes an impression of your tooth that’s sent to a dental lab for custom fabrication. While you’re waiting for it to be made, your tooth will be fitted with a temporary crown. When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary will be removed and  Dr. Lee will cemented the permanent crown to your tooth. Once it’s in place, he can provide additional shaping, if necessary.

What happens if I lose a crown?

Your crown is made of highly durable material that is designed to withstand years of chewing and biting. While it is designed to last a lifetime as a permanent cap for your tooth, it can become loose over time. If it falls out, Dr. Lee can re-attach your crown as long as the tooth below is still healthy. If the crown breaks or your anchoring tooth below becomes damaged, you will need to have the crown replaced.

Will the crown match the rest of my teeth?

Absolutely. Dr. Lee carefully selects a color that matches the rest of your smile, so your crown blends in with the rest of your teeth. If you’re planning to whiten your teeth, you will want to have that completed before getting your crown. That way your crown will match your new white shade.

Insurance

We offer most major dental insurances including the following. If you have any questions regarding the insurances we accept, call our office today. We're happy to help you!

Delta Dental and WDS, Principal, Premera, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Ameritas, United Concordia, Guardian, United Healthcare, Assurant/DHA, MetLife, Regence

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Aetna
Ameritas
Assurant Health
Cigna
Delta Dental
Guardian
Humana
MetLife Dental
Premera Blue Cross
Principal Dental
United Concordia
United Healthcare