By Dow Dental
December 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns offer multiple benefits for your smile. The porcelain restorations not only repair and strengthen teeth but also improve their Dental Crownsappearance. Dentists Drs. Carmen and Douglas Dow offer dental crowns at their Springfield, OR, office.

What are crowns?

If you take a close look at a crown, you'll notice that it looks just like the part of your tooth that appears above the gum line - with one important difference. Crowns are hollow and designed to cover teeth completely. Before you receive a crown, your Springfield dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown. This step is particularly important, as it ensures a comfortable fit and natural appearance.

After your tooth is prepared, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create your crown out of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. It generally takes about two weeks to receive your new crown. In the meantime, you'll wear a temporary crown crafted by your dentist. Despite their short-lived status, temporary crowns are surprisingly durable. You'll be able to chew with them, although you'll need to avoid hard, tough or sticky foods, as these foods can break or dislodge your temporary crown.

At your second crown appointment, your dentist will place the permanent crown over your tooth to ensure that it fits correctly. After it's cemented to your tooth, you may need a few minor adjustments that will take 10 minutes or less.

Why do I need a crown?

Adding a crown to a fragile tooth can keep it from fracturing or breaking apart in the future. Your tooth may be fragile if it's cracked or brittle, or if you've recently undergone a root canal or had a large filling placed in your tooth. Crowns also restore teeth that have broken or fractured and are used as an alternative to a filling if decay is widespread in a tooth.

Although restoration and protection are important functions of crowns, they can also be used to change the shape or height of a tooth or cover discolorations or imperfections.

Could your smile benefit from dental crowns? Call your Springfield, OR, dentists Drs. Carmen and Douglas Dow at (541) 726-9644 to schedule your appointment.