How dental crowns protect and strengthen a natural tooth
Dr. Fujii and Dr. Kaveen can renew the strength and structure of a weak, broken tooth when we provide a dental crown. We use this restoration at Portland Dental to encase the tooth and protect it from further injury. Contact our skilled dentists and team today if you need to receive a dental crown in Portland, Oregon.
A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gumline, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal; porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Our dentists will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including to:
- Protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- Anchor and attach a dental bridge
- Cover and complete a dental implant
- Enhance the beauty of your smile
- Improve a misshapen tooth
- Strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weak
- Support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, we welcome you to contact us today!
Restoring teeth that are damaged can be achieved in several different ways. Our experienced team in Portland, Oregon, will evaluate your situation and make recommendations for treatments. In cases where a tooth is severely damaged, the team at Portland Dental may be able to save the tooth by creating and placing a dental crown.
What are dental crowns?
Drs. Gerald T. Fujii, Kaveendra Ranasinghe, and Cameron Schwab of Portland Dental describe dental crowns as a restoration that covers or essentially ‘caps’ a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are often used for dental procedures, such as restoring a broken tooth or covering a dental implant. Crowns may also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by covering discolored teeth or closing gaps between teeth.
What materials are used to create dental crowns?
Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal and can last approximately ten years, depending on how well the restoration is cared for. When properly placed and maintained with good oral hygiene practices, dental crowns can help protect the remaining structure of the underlying natural tooth while restoring proper function and aesthetics.
When might the team at Portland Dental recommend a tooth crown restoration?
Our dentists will likely recommend a crown when significant damage to a tooth, such as large cracks or fractures, deep decay, or when a filling alone is not enough and the tooth requires more protection. In addition, crowns are often used for cosmetic purposes—to cover misshapen teeth, close gaps between teeth, or brighten discolored or stained teeth. An artificial crown may also cover dental implants for those with missing teeth.
For more information about tooth crown restorations and how they can help improve your smile, contact Portland Dental today!
Our experienced team of dentists in Portland, OR, will help you determine if a crown is the best solution for restoring your smile. The office is located at 511 SW 10th Avenue, Ste. #1206, and serves patients in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Pearl District, NW Portland, Downtown Portland, North Portland, Southeast Portland, Sellwood, and Buckman, OR. You can reach us at (503) 227-1693.