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By Lake Oswego Smiles
November 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crown  

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.

By Lake Oswego Smiles
November 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crown  

You may think all crowns are alike—but there can be a world of difference between one crown and another. Getting the crown your dentist recommends and one that's satisfactory to you will depend on a number of factors, including what you'll ultimately have to pay.

Here are 3 things you need to know about crowns before undergoing a crown restoration.

Different materials. Although porcelain is the most life-like material used, earlier types of this glass-based material weren't strong enough to withstand biting forces, especially in back teeth. Years ago, all-metal crowns were most often used until the development of a hybrid porcelain crown with an inner metal substructure for strength. In recent years stronger all-porcelain crowns have risen in popularity. The material type that works best often depends on the tooth to be crowned—all-porcelain may work for a visible front incisor, but a porcelain-metal hybrid might be needed for a back molar.

Level of artistry. While new computer manufacturing systems allow dentists to produce patient crowns in-office, most still require the services and skills of a dental lab technician. The cost difference between crowns usually occurs at this juncture: the more life-like and customized the crown, the more artistry and time required by a technician to produce it. This can increase the cost of the crown.

Limited choices. While you and your dentist want your crown choice to be as individualized and life-like as possible, your dental insurance may limit your options. Many policies only provide benefits for the most basic crown restoration—enough to regain functionality and have an acceptable, but not always the most aesthetic, appearance. To get a higher quality of crown you may have to supplement what your policy and deductible will cover.

Deciding which crown is best will depend on where it will be needed, the level of attractiveness you desire and your insurance and financial comfort level. And your dentist can certainly help guide you to a crown choice that's right for you.

If you would like more information on restorative crown choices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”


As America's toughest trainer on the hit television program The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels helped people learn that they hold the power to change. And if anyone knows about the power of changing oneself, it is Jillian Michaels. In her recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Jillian discusses her childhood, the trauma of being overweight as a teenager (5' 2" and 175 pounds), and the day her life forever changed when she started martial arts training at a gym. “I started training when I was 17 and always loved it but never thought it would end up being my career,” she said.

Jillian also reveals that when she was a child, she broke her two front teeth and had them repaired with crowns. She added, “Now, I generally wear a mouthguard if I am doing anything where my teeth have any chance of being knocked out.”

When it comes to replacing teeth that are broken or damaged from trauma, or teeth that are damaged because of dental decay, grinding habits, or acid erosion, crowns may be your best option. And because the tooth enamel is damaged, a bit more of it must be removed before we can place a crown. Generally speaking, we must remove about 2 millimeters of tooth structure to place a crown. Once the crown is placed, the tooth will always require a crown, as this is an irreversible procedure. However, the good news is that a crown not only mimics the look and feel of a natural tooth, but it is also the optimal long-term solution. On average, a crown last between 5 and 15 years and requires no special maintenance. In fact, you should treat your crown as you do your natural teeth, with a daily cleaning regimen of brushing and flossing and routine dental examinations and cleanings.

To learn more about crowns or other cosmetic procedures, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you. Or to learn more about crowns now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.” And to read the entire interview with Jillian Michaels, please see the article “Jillian Michaels.”