Pediatric Dental Crowns
Oregon City, OR
Doing everything in your power to ensure that your teeth are healthy and as strong as they can possibly be is an important step to take. Remember that your teeth are important! We use them for everything from talking to eating, so they're kind of necessary if we want to live a normal, healthy everyday life. Sometimes we might need help keeping our oral health in good standing. This is where regular visits to your dentist come in! At Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City, we understand how to keep teeth in great shape. We offer a variety of services and dental procedures, including the placement of dental crowns.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are coverings that protect the whole surface of your tooth. You can think of them as “shells” that wrap around your tooth and strengthen it while also working to extend its life beyond what a procedure like a dental filling would be able to do. These crowns are often made out of porcelain, however, as we will see in just a bit, there are a variety of options when it comes to dental crowns. You and your dentist can pick the perfect option to suit your needs and your oral health goals.
Why would I need a dental crown?
There are a number of things that could influence your decision to choose a dental crown. Injury to a tooth, for example, could leave it broken or chipped. This is especially common in individuals who like to play a lot of sports, as these are often high intensity activities that can result in a lot of force impacting your face and mouth. If your tooth becomes fractured or cracked, it is a good idea to have a crown placed in order to maintain your natural smile while also working to protect what is left of the tooth in question. Extremely decayed teeth as well as fillings that have become fractured are other reasons for dental crowns. Finally, dental crowns might also be an option if you are not happy with the way that your teeth look when you smile. Crowns can help change the appearance of your teeth, including their width, length, color, size, and overall shape.
What kinds of dental crowns are there?
In general, there are three dental crowns that are the most commonly used. These are gold crowns, all porcelain crowns, and porcelain that has been fused to metal crowns. It is a good idea to speak with your dentist and get their advice as to which kind of crown is the best option for you. When it comes to the front teeth, all porcelain crowns are generally the best choice as they are the most natural-looking, however molars would benefit from something like a gold crown that stands up extremely well to pressure and use. Porcelain crowns that are fused to metal are a good compromise between a natural appearance and a durable product.
Dental Crown Procedure
If you'll be getting a dental crown, you can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing decay, and the surface will be shaped so it can fit the crown. We will take impressions of your teeth so your customized crown can be created, and you'll likely wear a temporary restoration while we wait for your crown to be finished.
At your follow-up appointment, we'll take off your temporary crown and will carefully place the permanent one in place. We'll also ensure proper bite and spacing.
After your appointment, we'll encourage you to follow up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you'll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.
To learn more about dental crowns and how they can help with your dental needs, contact us today at 971-470-0045 to schedule an evaluation!