Dr. Lee J. Cowles, DMD can restore or give a tooth its ideal beauty and strength. Crowns are often placed to strengthen and protect a damaged tooth. Call our dentist at Cowles Dental Care to learn more about the benefits of a dental crown in Portland, Oregon.

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed, and is no longer strong enough to allow for normal chewing. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain—matched to each person’s tooth shade—or gold. Porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Our dentist will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.

A veneer is a thin, all-porcelain shell that is permanently cemented onto the lip-side of your tooth. Veneers can be made into any shade or shape desired, and can completely reshape or recolor your tooth to become part of a beautiful smile!

Many people have crowns or veneers placed to cover discolored, misshapen, or unattractive teeth, restoring them to the tooth’s ideal shape, color, and function!

Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:

  • To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
  • To anchor and attach a dental bridge
  • To cover and complete a dental implant
  • To enhance the beauty of your smile
  • To improve a misshapen tooth
  • To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
  • To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains

To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, we welcome you to contact us today!