Dental Crowns in Medford, OR
It is very easy to tell when someone has had bad dental work done. How? By being able to see that they have had dental work done. At Siskiyou Smiles, our goal is to give you dental work that no one, including yourself, will notice. Dental crowns are a dental appliance that can help to save teeth that would otherwise fail due to excessive decay, trauma, or wear and tear over time.
What is a Dental Crown?
Crowns are essentially tooth shaped caps that we place over teeth that are in need of restoration. They are made to look and act just like your normal tooth and if they are placed properly, no one will ever notice that they aren’t actually your real teeth – even you!
Crowns can be made from a number of substances including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, gold, and several different composite mixtures. Knowing which material will fit your lifestyle and your mouth is our job and we take it very seriously.
Having a crown placed requires at least two trips to our Medford office to complete.
During the first visit we will take an impression of your tooth so that we can fabricate an exact replica of it out of the material of our choice. We will discuss with you the different kinds of crowns that we have available and make certain you are comfortable with the aesthetic, quality and cost of the restoration.
Once we have the mold we can begin preparing the tooth. Tooth preparation consists of first removing any decay present in the tooth, we accomplish this by drilling out the problem areas and making absolutely certain that they are free of contaminants.
Once the decay has been removed, we can start shaping the tooth to receive the crown. As mentioned before, the crown sits over the top of your tooth and looks and acts just like it, so in order to place a crown on your tooth a layer of enamel must be shaved off of it. This is done using local anesthesia and numbing agents, so comfort is maximized.
Once the tooth has been shaped to receive the crown, we will place a temporary crown over it and fasten it onto your tooth using a temporary dental cement. This is a temporary crown and while we expect it to last well past the several weeks that it is required to, it is wise to treat it with care. Temporary crowns have been known to come off from time to time under extreme pressure, so if something should happen it isn’t the end of the world. Just come in to see us and we can fix it with little issue.
Once the temporary has been placed, the first visit to our office will conclude. We will send the mold of your tooth to our dental laboratory to be created out of the medium decided upon and will wait for it to be fabricated.
The second visit will be scheduled a few weeks after the first to allow the dental laboratory some time to carefully craft your new crown. The second visit is more simple and generally is much quicker than the first.
We will begin by removing your temporary crown. Once removed we will do some minor prep work and cleaning around your tooth to ensure that no contaminants remain on the tooth. We will then coat your tooth in a long lasting dental adhesive and put the permanent in place. Once we have the permanent crown placed perfectly on your tooth we will set the adhesive permanently using an ultraviolet light.
Once the crown is in place we will examine how it fits into your bite and make any alterations or fine changes that must be made so that it coexists happily with the rest of your teeth. This concludes the crown placement procedure.
If you experience discomfort, or a change in your bite that results in jaw fatigue just give us a call and we will make adjustments to the crown to remedy the problem.
To avoid needing a crown the best approach is to focus on good oral health habits. Brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day can prevent harmful plaque and tartar buildup that causes decay in teeth.
Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you!