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Dr. Dennis Bradshaw graduated from Loma Linda University in 1986. He returned to Pasco that same year to join his father's dental practice.
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Dental Crowns


A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure, giving the tooth a longer life than it would have if restored by fillings or other types of restorations.

There are three common types of crowns: all porcelain (tooth colored), porcelain fused to metal (tooth colored), and all metal.
•  Tooth Colored Crown: All porcelain crowns have the best optical properties and are very aesthetically pleasing. The newest porcelains have increased strength and can be used on more teeth than just a few years ago. We also have Zirconium crowns that are stronger, but not quite as aesthetic.

•  Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown: These crowns are a metal-based crown with porcelain baked to the outside for a cosmetically appealing look, and greater strength than earlier all porcelain crowns.

•  Metal: Metal crowns, like gold crowns are often recommended for back teeth where the crown cannot be seen. Some patients who are Bruxers or who have very short teeth can benefit from the durability of metal crowns.

If a crown is diagnosed for the extent of decay present, Dr. Bradshaw will discuss what type of crown would be best for you.

Reasons for Crowns

•  Broken or fractured teeth
•  Cosmetic enhancement
•  Decayed teeth
•  Fractured fillings
•  Large fillings
•  Tooth has had a root canal

What Does Dental Crown Treatment Involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include numbing and preparing the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to fit the crown. After the preparation, the dentist will take impressions that will be used to create your custom crown at the dental lab. After the impression is taken, a temporary crown will be placed and you will wear this for approximately two weeks.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your crown. As always, proper oral hygiene will help extend the life of your new crown.
Dr. Dennis Bradshaw
General Dentistry
4403 West Court Street, Suite A
Pasco, WA 99301


Phone: (509) 547-9549

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