Restore Your Smile Using Porcelain Dental Crowns
Do you have a damaged or discolored tooth that is causing you to hide your smile? Tigard Family Dental can help to fix the problem. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dental solutions, which can help to fix the dental problem that is troubling you. Among these solutions are porcelain dental crowns, which are an ideal replacement solution for various dental issues, from decaying teeth to discolored teeth, or broken teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap-like dental prosthetic that is placed on top of a damaged or discolored tooth, thus hiding its imperfection. The crown is made from a material with a tooth-like color, usually ceramic or porcelain. As a result, once the crown is installed, it can offer the appearance of a natural tooth.
It is, however, possible to find other types of dental crowns, for example, metal crowns that are made from hard metals or metal alloys such as gold, platinum, nickel chromium, and cobalt-chromium. The metal crowns, due to their appearance, are mostly used for restorative reasons as opposed to cosmetic ones. As a result, they are mostly used on the back teeth, which are not easily visible.
Other types of dental crowns include:
|Stainless steel dental crowns – these are usually used as temporary dental crowns while waiting to get the permanent ones
|Resin crowns – a cheaper alternative to the metal, porcelain, and ceramic crowns. They are made using a composite resin material, which has a white, natural tooth-like color, and thus they are also used for cosmetic reasons
|Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns – these are metal crowns that are covered with a porcelain material to make them more aesthetically appealing
To ensure a more natural appearance and a perfect fit, dental crowns are custom-designed and manufactured based on the design of your teeth.
When Do You Need Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can be an ideal option for you if you are suffering from the following dental issues:
|A damaged or discolored tooth that is affecting your appearance
|A weakened tooth that can easily break
|After getting a root canal – a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect the canal from infection while restoring the strength and appearance of the tooth
|During tooth implant placement procedure – dental implants make use of dental crowns, which are screwed onto implants to replace missing teeth
The Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown procedure is usually performed in two office visits. During the first visit, the condition of the affected teeth is evaluated, to determine the proper treatment plan. Depending on how damaged the tooth is, it is treated before being prepared for crown installation.
Treatment can include removing the decaying matter for a decayed tooth, and professional tooth cleaning, in case of plaque or tartar build up. Preparation, on the other hand, involves trimming the tooth and shaping it. The trimming aims to reduce the size of the original tooth structure, thus guaranteeing the tooth size remains the same when the crown is installed. The shaping, on the other hand, is done to ensure that the crown will fit perfectly.
After preparing the tooth for crown installation, an impression is taken. This impression is used to fabricate the crown, thus guaranteeing a perfect fit. You are then given a temporary crown, which protects the treated tooth until your permanent crown is ready for installation.
During the second dental visit, also known as the crown placement visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the permanent one. The installation process might involve a bit of size adjustment on the crown to ensure that it fits perfectly.
At Tigard Family Dental, we are committed to helping you smile proudly by fixing your teeth problems. To this end, we offer you custom made dental crowns, which restore the functionality of your damaged teeth while giving them a great natural look. Call us today at (971) 762-1262 to schedule an appointment for your crown procedure.
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