Lake Oswego, OR
One of the more popular methods for restoring a tooth’s original appearance and function is through the use of dental crowns. A chipped tooth can easily be covered up with the integration of one of these restorations. At Nicholas Dose, DMD, our professionals are trained to help you achieve the perfect smile with porcelain crowns.
What are Porcelain Crowns?
As the name suggests, these are dental crowns made with porcelain. They are often part of cosmetic dentistry, since porcelain can be made to match the color of your teeth. Metal crowns are much harder and durable, but they do not match the colors of pearly white teeth.
Porcelain crowns can contain a metal base, but since the white material covers it all up, no one will be the wiser except both us and you. These are called porcelain-fused-to-metal-crowns, or “PFM.” With PFM crowns, you get the best of both porcelain and metal crowns all in one package. They blend in with your teeth and have a firm foundation to help with longevity.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
The process for getting a porcelain dental crown is usually broken up into two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and one to place the crown. The fabrication process for a crown usually takes a couple weeks, but in some circumstances a porcelain crown can be fabricated and placed on the same day.
Our milling unit transforms a single block of porcelain into a precise, beautiful new restoration using a digital impression. A dental crown requires a physical impression that is sent off to our dental lab for the fabrication process. Regardless of which type of crown you receive, the tooth must be completely reshaped during the preparation phase, which will allow us to accommodate the thickness and size of the new crown.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are smaller restorations that fit inside the tiny bumps, or cusps, of the target tooth. They tend to be prescribed for minor damage to the tooth or to fill imperfections for cosmetic reasons. For minor fixes and tweaks, inlays may be the better option.
Onlays, on the other hand, are larger restorations that may cover more than one tooth cusp. They are the solution for a blanket area of damage to your teeth. Even for cosmetic reasons, you can get onlays if there is a need to cover up larger, undesirable areas of your teeth.
Whether you get inlays or onlays depends on our recommendation following a dental examination. Both of them will help your teeth return to its original appearance after experiencing damage and can improve the looks of your teeth. All dental restorations fulfill either an aesthetic or practical purpose, but porcelain crowns can do both.
Reasons to get Porcelain Crowns
Two of the main reasons people get porcelain crowns are damage to teeth and to correct discolored and broken teeth. Other reasons are to hold dental bridges together, cover other dental implants, and fulfill specific dental care requirements. No matter the reason, you can rest assured that your smile will be bright for years to come.
Should I get Porcelain Crowns?
If you find that your teeth are damaged and you would like to fix them, we can help you with getting one or more crowns. Cosmetic dentistry also includes porcelain crowns as a solution for distorted teeth. Compared to metal dental crowns, these are much better for your appearance and still last for years with proper maintenance.
At Nicholas Dose, DMD, our professional team of dentists is trained to carry out the procedures to insert porcelain crowns. Please do not hesitate to call us at (503) 765-7300 to learn more.