Dental Crown Lengthening
Dentist in Portland, OR
Placing crowns is one of the most common dental procedures we do here at Pacific Woods Dental. Crowns attach to the top of a tooth like a cap, protecting the tooth and restoring its shape. They are used in cases where dental fillings are simply not enough. In addition to restoring damaged teeth, crowns have a few other uses, too.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is designed to mimic the look of the top of your tooth. It is attached to the remaining part of your natural tooth with a strong adhesive. Crowns may be made from porcelain, ceramics, resin, gold, chromium, nickel, and palladium. These small caps are often used to protect the interior of a tooth that has been damaged.
In addition to full crowns, there are also three-fourth crowns and onlays. These options do not cover the entire top of the tooth like a full crown does. They are mainly used when you have a good amount of tooth left, but still need more protection than what a dental filling can offer.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
The first step in placing a crown is numbing the tooth and the gums around it so you do not feel anything. We then remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth so there is room to place the crown. Next, we will take an impression of the tooth. This allows us to determine the right size and shape of the crown. We send this information to the lab that creates the crown. It normally takes around three weeks to receive the finished crown and schedule its placement. Before you leave, however, we will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it.
When you come in to have the crown placed, we will remove the temporary crown and inspect the tooth to make sure its condition has not changed. We will then use special adhesive to attach the permanent crown to the tooth. After that, we clean the area, do an inspection to make certain everything is fine, and you are done.
Who Needs a Dental Crown?
Crowns are ideal solutions for teeth that have become weakened from cavities or that have cracked. A crown can be used to help hold the tooth together. Crowns also help restore functionality to teeth that are worn down or that have broken at the top. They can support teeth that require large fillings or that are misshapen. Crowns are a necessity with root canals since we have to open the tooth in order to remove the pulp. The crown covers this opening, preventing bacteria from getting back into the tooth.
If you need a dental bridge, we may need to install a crown on the teeth on either side of the bridge. These crowns support the bridge and help to hold it in place.
Do you have a tooth that is broken, cracked, or needs a large filling? If so, you may need a crown. Contact Pacific Woods Dental today at 503-292-5483 to set up a consultation.