Repairing damaged or broken teeth brings function and beauty to your smile. At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of dental crowns and bridges that blend in with your natural smile and provide optimal chewing force.
Dental crowns have been used in the dentistry field for decades, and the technology has advanced so much that we can match crowns to the natural color of your teeth. Our crowns are stain-resistant, and if cared for properly, they can last for years!
When Do You Need a Crown?
A dental crown is one of the most versatile tools in dentistry. Crowns are aesthetically pleasing and restore function to your teeth. We use crowns to restore teeth that have been harmed by cavities, worn down from teeth grinding, are in need of some aesthetic lengthening, or have been broken due to dental trauma. We also place dental crowns on teeth that have had root canals.
Our office offers many crown options including all ceramic E-max, zirconia, and gold. There are slight differences between porcelain and zirconia restorations, but you can expect both to blend in naturally with your smile and to withstand heavy biting force.
The e-max porcelain restoration was developed in 2009 and serves as a cost effective alternative to zirconia-based crowns. It also is aesthetically superior to porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. The e.max crowns, which are long-lasting and can withstand large amounts of force, nearly mimic the color and translucence of natural teeth, making it almost impossible for an untrained eye to tell the difference between the crown and your natural teeth.
Zirconia-based crowns and bridges are extremely durable and long-lasting. Using zirconia crowns, we craft bridges that are free of metal. This option is great for patients with metal allergies, and it is more aesthetically pleasing than ceramic-fused-to-metal restorations. Restorations fused to metal can sometimes form black lines near the gumline that are often visible in the smile. Because we use all-ceramic crowns and bridges, you’ll never have to worry about that annoying black line or metal allergies.
Traditional Bridges and Implant-Supported Bridges
Traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges offer patients a cost-effective solution to repairing missing teeth.
Traditional bridges are restorations that literally bridge the gap created by missing teeth. If you’re not a candidate for dental implants, or if dental implants do not match your budget, your best option would be a traditional bridge. To place this type of restoration, we prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap and then design a series of dental crowns. A bridge typically consists of three crowns, but it’s possible to have more than three. The biggest disadvantage of a traditional bridge is that the procedure is invasive and requires us to file down two teeth, even if those teeth are free of decay.
Implant-supported bridges follow the same concept as the traditional bridge, except we use dental implants, not natural teeth, to support the bridge. This option is ideal for patients with multiple missing teeth side by side. The implant-supported bridge restores beauty and biting force and keeps you from needing a partial denture.
Restorations have evolved so much in dentistry that even you’ll have trouble telling the difference between dental crowns and bridges and your natural teeth. To learn more about our dental restoration options, call us today at 503-656-8250 or use the online form to schedule your visit with Dr. Annalisa Smith or Dr. Kyle Smith.
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