Your teeth can become damaged for a variety of reasons. Whether the damage is caused by decay, gum disease, trauma to the mouth or some other issue, the ideal goal is always to save the tooth and repair it.
In many instances, Dr. Wendling can use a dental crown to repair the damage to your tooth. She uses crowns made of high quality dental porcelain, ensuring they will blend in seamlessly with your smile and provide durable, long lasting results. If you’ve suffered damage to your root in addition to your tooth, you may also need a root canal to save the root before a dental crown can be placed on the tooth.
However, there are some situations where a tooth may be so badly damaged that it cannot be saved. In these cases, Dr. Wendling may recommend that you remove the damaged tooth and replace it with a dental implant.
Dental implants are the only option that will replace your missing root along with your missing tooth, which makes this solution significantly more effective than alternatives such as dentures or bridges. Dental implants can withstand all normal bite forces and will provide you with a fully functional replacement tooth. When properly cared for, dental implants can last for the rest of your life.
The decision to repair a damaged tooth with a crown or replace it with a dental implant can only be made after carefully evaluating the extent of the damage to your tooth as well as the health of your surrounding bone and gum tissue. Dr. Wendling will explain her recommended treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have in order to ensure you have the ability to make a fully informed decision about your options.
If you’ve suffered damage to a tooth, please contact Dr. Sue Wendling using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in the Portland, Oregon area.