Dental Crowns


Dental crowns at Harmony Dental Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body. They can withstand a significant amount of daily use. Even so, the teeth are not indestructible, and issues like decay and trauma can damage them. Damaged teeth need to be examined right away. While minor issues might only require a cosmetic fix, more significant damage can lead to serious issues. Harmony Dental can restore damaged teeth with crowns.

What is a Crown?


When a tooth is damaged, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Minor damage may only require a cosmetic treatment, but some types of damage can worsen over time. More significant damage compromises both the structural integrity of the affected tooth as well as its health. A crown is a cap-like restoration that resembles a tooth in size and shape. It is made to encase the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth, effectively preventing it from further harm and infection while also restoring its strength.


Uses for a Crown


A crown can be used in many different situations. It can treat and protect
•  A cracked or chipped tooth.
•  A tooth with significant decay that cannot be treated with a filling.
•  A severely worn tooth.
•  A tooth that is small or oddly sized.
•  A tooth that has undergone a root canal.

A crown can also be used to anchor a bridge into place or replace the visible surface of a missing tooth using dental implants.

Crown Materials


Crowns can be made from several different materials. Common materials include
•  Metal. Metal crowns are the strongest crowns and can withstand a significant amount of daily wear and tear. They also have the longest lifespan, lasting 50 years or more. The biggest disadvantage to these crowns is their color, which is either silver or white.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. These crowns have a metal base that surrounds the tooth. A porcelain coating provides a more aesthetic result. In some cases, however, the metal may be visible.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic is the most aesthetic option. It is made entirely from ceramic, a material that can be stained to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. It also reflects light just like natural enamel. It is not as strong as metal, but it can easily withstand most daily use when placed at the front of the mouth.

Restoring Damaged Teeth


The process for getting a crown takes two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is first prepared. This is done under a local anesthetic and involves removing a portion of your tooth enamel. Removing enamel is essential for ensuring that your crown will fit comfortably and naturally in with the rest of your teeth. After preparing the tooth, an impression of your mouth is taken. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where a technician uses it to design and create a custom crown. A temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth while you wait for your next appointment. At your second appointment, we check the crown to ensure a proper fit and a comfortable bite before bonding it into place on your tooth.

Benefits of a Crown


Crowns provide several benefits, including
•  Protecting a tooth from further harm and infection.
•  Restoring strength so the tooth can continue to function normally.
•  Preventing the need for a tooth extraction.

With a crown, we are able to restore damaged teeth, protecting them from further damage and infection while allowing them to function normally.

Call Harmony Dental at (541) 246-3250 for more information.


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Phone:

(541) 246-3250

Address:

4765 Village Plaza Loop Suite 101
Eugene, OR 97401-6676


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