Crown or Implant - When It's Best to Let a Tooth Go

Lake Oswego Dentist Serving Portland, & Nearby West Linn, OR

If your tooth has been damaged by decay, an accident or other reason, saving that natural tooth is the best option, according to the American Association of Endodontists.

Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to eat all the foods you enjoy and maintain an appropriate and healthy diet. If the root of your tooth is badly damaged, you may be able to undergo endodontic treatment (root canal) to save the root, and then have a porcelain dental crown placed on that tooth to protect it.

However, not all teeth that have been damaged because of decay or trauma can be saved by a root canal. When that determination has been made by you and an experienced dental professional, a dental implant is your best option. Although initially they can be a bit costly, statistics show that over your lifetime dental implants are more cost effective than bridges or other restoration options.

Dental implant

Instead of resting on the gumline like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are permanent replacements to fill the void of a missing tooth.

These implants are made of titanium and are fastened into your jaw so they never slip or make embarrassing clicking sounds that dentures often do. Also, because they are secured to your bone, dental implants are much stronger than bridges and dentures and will not contribute to bone loss. The implant procedure is painless.

A crown will be placed on the dental implant to replace the visible portion of your natural tooth.

Oregon Implant Dentist Dr. Susan Wendling will design the crown or artificial tooth that will be placed on your dental implant.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are a type of restoration that, when cemented into place, fully cup the portion of your tooth that lies at and above your gumline. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover a portion of a tooth.

Also known as a dental "cap," our dental crowns are made of porcelain so they look and feel like your natural tooth. A crown is designed for teeth that have been broken, worn excessively, or have had large portions destroyed by tooth decay. Since a crown encases the entire visible portion of your tooth, this restoration becomes your tooth's new outer surface.

A dental crown can be used to:

  • Restore a tooth to its original shape
  • Strengthen a tooth
  • Improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth

Learn whether a dental crown or implant is right for you by calling emailing our Oregon Cosmetic Dentistry practice today. Serving the Portland, Lake Oswego and West Linn, Oregon area, we will schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Susan Wendling and help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Portland Cosmetic Dentist

17437 Boones Ferry Road Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035