What is a dental crown?Dental crowns are dental appliances that allow you to keep your natural tooth in both form and function. Crowns are typically made of one of the following materials:
|•||Porcelain fused to metal|
|•||Porcelain fused to zirconia|
Each material offers different advantages and can work better in certain scenarios.
What is the procedure for having a crown placed?To have a crown placed usually requires at least two trips to our office. During the first visit we will take a mold or impression of your current tooth. We will have your new crown created at our dental lab according to the exact size and shape of the impression that we take of your tooth.
Once we take the mold of your tooth we can begin to prepare it to receive the crown. Think of a dental crown as a hard-hat that sits on your tooth. In order for the crown to match the size and shape of your natural tooth, it must be able to fit over the tooth. To achieve this, we will shave off a small portion of the enamel on your tooth, being careful to remove any damaged or decayed areas. When the tooth is ready to receive the crown we will place a temporary crown on your tooth and affix it with a temporary dental cement.
We will receive the permanent crown from our dental lab within a few weeks. Once we do it will be time for your second appointment. During the second appointment we will simply remove the temporary crown and affix the permanent one with permanent dental cement being careful to ensure it fits into your bite properly.
Why not just remove the tooth?Many times people will ask us if it wouldn’t just be less costly to remove a damage tooth than to have a crown put on it. The answer to this question is, it will cost a whole lot more in the long run. When a tooth is lost, the bone in the jaw ceases to be stimulated which can eventually lead to bone loss in the jaw. This can lead to further tooth loss.
When a tooth is lost and not replaced a lot of other things can happen that will result in poor oral health and eventually, further tooth loss. Teeth help to keep each other in the right place in the jawline. When one of their neighbors is lost, they can creep into the gap left behind, which will change your bite and can lead to jaw fatigue.
Please call us today at (503) 985-8945 to schedule your appointment. Remember, if you experience tooth sensitivity for more than a week, call us to setup and appointment. Tooth sensitivity for over a week could point to a more serious problem.