Keeping patients’ smiles whole and healthy is always the goal at RiverPlace Dental of Portland. When we can’t keep patients’ smiles healthy, the skilled restorative dentist, Megan McInnis, DDS, and her dedicated dentistry team offer a wide range of conservative restoration options to replace lost tooth structures and renew oral health. Dental crowns are one of the most often used restorations. They protect and repair damaged teeth and allow patients to maintain the maximum amount of healthy dental structure. If you want to learn more about dental crowns or other restorative dentistry solutions at RiverPlace Dental, call our Portland dentist and team to schedule a treatment consultation with us today.
Dental crowns are restorations that cover the entire tooth. Following damage or decay, in most cases, a dental crown is positioned over the remaining dental structure to repair, protect, and strengthen your smile. We can craft dental crowns using a variety of materials, including gold, metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, and ceramic. Each of these solutions has advantages and disadvantages, and we will be happy to review your options to help you make the right choice for your unique smile.
We may recommend patients receive a dental crown in any of the following situations:
Dental crowns are placed in two trips to our Portland office. During the initial visit, we prepare your tooth by removing dental damage and smoothing away a small amount of surface enamel around the tooth to allow the crown to fit into your smile line. Once teeth are prepared, we capture impressions that will be used by our dental lab to craft your custom crown. Before you leave the office, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the prepared tooth. When we receive your final restoration from the lab, you’ll return to the office where we’ll exchange your temporary for a flawless, custom dental crown.
Following a restorative dentistry procedure like dental crown placement, you should pay close attention to the way the tooth feels for the first several days after treatment. If you notice that the crown feels lose, your bite doesn’t fit together in the same way, or you have increased pain or sensitivity, you should call us right away. Otherwise, you can go back to your regular diet and oral hygiene routine. Your at-home oral health care plan should include brushing teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting our team two times a year. During your dental exam and teeth cleaning visits, we can review your oral hygiene products and brushing and flossing methods to ensure you are caring for your smile effectively.