Pacific Northwest


Dental Crowns

A form of restorative dentistry, dental crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. A crown can revive a single tooth, and multiple crowns can rejuvenate your smile. In Portland and Lake Oswego, we have skilled restorative dentists who use this treatment to beautifully preserve and restore teeth.


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WHAT IS A
DENTAL CROWN?


A dental crown is often referred to as a “cap.” It covers and protects a tooth that is damaged or badly decayed. Crowns are used to make a dental bridge for missing teeth. Or if you receive a dental implant, a crown is attached to it.

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TYPES
OF CROWNS


Dental crowns were originally made with a metal foundation to give them strength and support. Advanced dental technology provides metal-free crowns, which our team prefers.

Porcelain crowns can be layered to replicate the appearance of your natural teeth—including color, translucence, and gloss.

The photos below show how we used porcelain crowns to restore teeth that were uneven, worn, and discolored. This restoration beautifully matches the characteristics of the patient’s natural teeth.



Before porcelain crowns photo of eight upper front teeth that are uneven, discolored and worn; for information on tooth restoration from Optima Dental Spa in Portland/Lake Oswego.

BEFORE

After porcelain crowns photo of eight upper front teeth that restored, but; for information on tooth restoration from Optima Dental Spa in Portland/Lake Oswego.

AFTER

Before porcelain crowns photo of eight upper front teeth that are uneven, discolored and worn; for information on tooth restoration from Optima Dental Spa in Portland/Lake Oswego.

After porcelain crowns photo of eight upper front teeth that restored, but; for information on tooth restoration from Optima Dental Spa in Portland/Lake Oswego.

Zirconia ceramic crowns are made with zirconium dioxide, an exceptionally strong material used in aerospace technology that is often referred to as ceramic steel. These metal-free crowns produce natural-looking results. In Portland, Lake Oswego, and Bellevue, our team uses zirconia crowns to beautifully restore teeth and enhance your smile.



  • Zirconia crowns have exceptional strength, which means they resist fractures and breaks.
  • They don’t contain metal, so if you have metal allergies or sensitivities, there is virtually no risk of a reaction. It also means you won’t develop a dark line at your gumline near where the crown is.
  • The restoration can be made translucent or opaque to blend with your natural teeth. We can also match the shade of your other teeth.
  • These crowns offer long-term reliability and strength for back teeth and dental bridges. When a back tooth needs to be restored, you might receive a monolithic zirconia crown, which is cast as a single unit.
  • Zirconia crowns insulate teeth and limit sensitivity to cold and heat.
Close-up photo of four upper front teeth with zirconia crowns; from Optima Dental Spa in Portland and Lake Oswego.

Zirconia can be overlaid with porcelain for lifelike results

e.max crowns are made of lithium disilicate, a glass-ceramic that has excellent aesthetics and high strength. Their durability is actually one of their biggest advantages. The crowns can be made to match your natural tooth color, translucence, and gloss.

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Dental Crown
FAQs


Dental crowns can be used in a number of different scenarios. For example, they can strengthen a tooth weakened from decay or a large filling. They can fix a broken or worn down tooth. They’re also used to secure dental bridges in place and to complete dental implants. To determine if you need a dental crown, we invite you to visit our office for a consultation so we can give you our professional recommendations.

Dental crowns are designed to be long-lasting, but unfortunately, they’re not permanent. Depending on how well you look after your oral health and how much wear and tear they handle, they generally last between five and 15 years.

While the dental crown can’t get a cavity itself because of the material it’s made out of, it’s still possible for decay to form on your natural tooth underneath the crown. It’s important to pay particular attention to brushing the area where your tooth and crown meet to avoid cavities.

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REQUEST A
CONSULTATION


Our team has undergone advanced training in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Whenever possible, we will preserve and restore your natural teeth. If you have damaged or badly decayed teeth, you can learn about the options for protecting and restoring them and what you can expect from each option.

Call us to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.