A crown is necessary when the ongoing health of a tooth is threatened, such as by a very large cavity. In this instance, a crown is placed to restore the full look and function of the tooth.
The dentist prepares the tooth for the crown by removing the decayed or weakened portion of the tooth. Then, once this portion is removed, an impression is taken and sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be custom-made. Crowns can be made from gold or other metals, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of these materials. Your dentist will advise you on the most appropriate material for your particular crown. Gentech Dentist uses only well-respected and professional dental labs in the Portland and Vancouver area, for optimal turn-around time, local service and your ultimate satisfaction. During the time when your crown is being made at the lab, a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth.
When the crown is prepared and returned from the lab, you will return to our office to have the permanent crown cemented into place with dental cement for a permanent adhesion. The full look and function of your tooth has been restored! The crown restoration strengthens and restores the entire top of a tooth, sometimes even improving the chewing surface of the tooth (because it can be re-shaped to match the opposing teeth). Crowns can be very attractive, and are often used in cosmetic dentistry as well.
For more information on dental crowns, which are performed by our general dentists and specialists at all six of our offices, contact one of our Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA dental offices.