Here at Evans Street Dental, we are proud to offer a variety of restorative treatments that can help teeth once again function and feel like new. One of those treatments is dental crowns. We carefully design these restorations to fit in with a patient’s existing dentition and help them regain a strong, pain-free bite. Would you like to know more about dental crowns in McMinnville and how they may be able to help you enjoy your best smile? Keep reading below.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the entire visible portion of a tooth (everything above the gumline). It can fulfill a number of different purposes:
Dental crowns can be constructed out of various materials. We generally recommend metal crowns (which can be made out of gold, silver, or other metals) for the back teeth because metal is so strong. For the front teeth, all-porcelain crowns are generally the best option. Porcelain looks nearly identical to natural tooth enamel, and it is strong enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are also an option in many cases.
Placing a dental crown usually takes two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Ramsay prepares the tooth by removing a bit of enamel. This step is necessary to ensure that the crown will fit well and won’t cause you to have an unbalanced bite. Then, we take impressions of the tooth and the surrounding area. Dr. Ramsay sends those impressions, along with detailed notes, to a local dental laboratory. The laboratory fabricates the permanent crown.
While the laboratory is working, you will wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth. When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to our office for your second appointment. Dr. Ramsay will verify that the crown is a perfect fit before she attaches it to your tooth.
Dental crowns have numerous benefits, including:
Would you like to learn more about dental crowns in McMinnville, or do you suspect that you need one? Contact our friendly team to ask questions or schedule a consultation. We are ready to help you achieve the healthy, strong smile that you deserve!