Dental Crowns

Dental Crown Procedures in Beaverton, OR

Crowns in Beaverton, OR

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

What Happens During A Crown Procedure

A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Dental Crown

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. Everday brushing and flossing becomes more and more important when you have a dental crown. In order to extend the life of your dental crown you must take proper care of it, taking special care of the area directly around your crown and keeping in mind to floss the area every night in order to remove excess plaque and residue.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.

For more information on Dental Crowns in Beaverton, OR call Paul Brooks Noland, D.M.D. at (503) 644-4100 today!