As resilient as your teeth may be, they can still suffer damage from general wear-and-tear, injury, or infection over a period of time. Fortunately, with the help of your dentist, you can save your ailing or broken tooth by having a crown installed. Read on to learn more about this common restorative dental procedure, and call Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR, if you think that a crown could help boost your dental health.
How Is a Crown Constructed?
When you think of a crown, you probably imagine a tool that covers, protects, and beautifies. That’s what a dental crown does for a troubled tooth. Made of porcelain (sometimes composite resin), these tiny, smooth, polished devices are hollowed out so that an abutted tooth can fit inside. The outside of the crown is constructed so that it sits flush with your gumline, making it indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
How a Crown Can Save Your Tooth
In many cases, a tooth may be discolored, weak, or broken on the outer layers, but still have good, healthy tissue on the inside. In other cases, the inside of a tooth may have decay, but bad tissue can be removed to save it. In both cases, a crown will provide much needed protection for the tooth so that it can survive for many years to come. Here at our office in Lake Oswego, your dentist can create and install a permanent crown device in about three week’s time.
A Simple Procedure
As complex as it may sound, it is a fairly easy and straightforward process to have a crown installed by a dentist. The first step is to remove the unwanted enamel from the natural tooth. Next, you’ll need to have a dental mold taken to ensure that the new crown will fit perfectly. Finally, you’ll revisit the dentist’s office in a few weeks to have the crown bonded, a process that takes just a few minutes to complete.
Do You Need a Crown?
After careful consideration, your dentist may determine that you can benefit from having a dental crown placed, or a crown-supported device like a bridge. Call (503) 635-3653 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Colin Smith at Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR.