Porcelain crowns restore damaged teeth. A crown can be used to revive a single tooth, and multiple crowns can rejuvenate your smile. In Portland and Lake Oswego, Dr. Saleh and Dr. Shaer are cosmetic dentists who use this treatment to beautifully preserve and restore teeth.
What Is a 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.
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Dental crowns were originally made with a metal foundation to give them strength and support.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 Dr. Saleh and Dr. Shaer prefer. Porcelain can be layered to replicate the appearance of your natural teeth—including color, translucence, and gloss.
The photos below show how Dr. Saleh used porcelain crowns to restore teeth that were uneven, worn, and discolored. This restoration beautifully matches the characteristics of the patient’s natural teeth.
Zirconium dioxide is so strong that it’s often referred to as ceramic steel. What can you expect with zirconia crowns?
- They don’t contain metal, so if you have metal allergies or sensitivities, there is virtually no risk of a reaction.
- The restoration can be made translucent or opaque to blend with your natural teeth.
- When a back tooth needs to be restored, you might receive a monolithic zirconia crown, which is cast as a single unit. Although it won’t be made of layers of porcelain, it will still look natural.
- When used on front teeth, zirconia is usually cut back so a layer of porcelain can be baked on the surface to reflect the color and translucence of your natural teeth.
e.max crowns are made of lithium disilicate, a glass-ceramic that has excellent aesthetics and high strength. The crowns will match your natural tooth color, translucence, and gloss.
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Dr. Saleh and Dr. Shaer have advanced training in cosmetic dentistry. Whenever possible, they 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.
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