By Dow Dental
May 25, 2017
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

How a dental crown from Springfield can save your toothDental Crowns

If you have a tooth that is badly damaged or broken, you may be tempted to just have it removed. Think again! Once the tooth is removed, you are faced with either living with an incomplete smile or replacing it with an unnatural-looking dental bridge or partial, or an expensive dental implant.

A better way to give your damaged tooth a second chance is placing a dental crown over the tooth. Your dentists at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR, want to share the facts about dental crowns and how a crown can save your tooth.

Teeth that have been restored with large metal fillings will often break over time. That’s because a metal filling can actually weaken a tooth by creating a “wedge” between different areas of your tooth. If you bite down, the force can shear off part of the metal filling, and take a piece of your tooth structure with it. Breakage from large fillings can leave you with a jagged, unsightly, non-functional tooth.

In contrast, a dental crown will actually strengthen your damaged tooth by protecting the entire visible surface of your tooth. Crowns can hold your teeth together so that when you bite, the biting force is distributed evenly across your tooth.

Thanks to modern crown materials, your tooth can be both strong and beautiful. You can choose from a variety of crown materials including:

  • Gold, which is the strongest crown material and often the least expensive
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, which provides both strength and beauty
  • Porcelain, which is the most naturally beautiful crown material

A dental crown typically requires at least two appointments, the first for tooth preparation, and the second appointment to permanently cement the crown. For more information on dental crowns please visit the crowns and bridges page on the website at

It’s time to give your damaged tooth a second chance with a new dental crown. You deserve to keep your teeth as long as possible and a dental crown from your dentists at Dow Dental can help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call your dentists at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR. Start on your new smile by calling today!