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When a cavity forms on one of your front teeth, it can certainly standout in your smile. If you fail to seek professional treatment at LifeSmile Dental Group’s Portland, Oregon dental offices, the tooth decay could spread. In a situation where the cavity compromises the biting surface, or grows too large to be repaired by a filling, we might recommend a total restoration with a porcelain crown.

This cosmetic restoration method will fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental-grade porcelain material that can be shaded a gleaming white. This might also be a good time to consider a dental bleaching treatment to maximize the overall luster of your smile. We can then match the porcelain to match your gleaming white teeth.

We will start the restoration process by examining the tooth to assess its overall health. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind an abutment made from the tooth’s dentin layer. This will eventually anchor the porcelain crown with the strength and feel you appreciated in the original tooth.

We will then create a detailed impression of the abutment and the teeth in the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where the porcelain crown will be created. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment to protect it while the dental lab works.

We will call you in for a brief follow up appointment to cement the porcelain crown in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will restore the function and appearance of the tooth for many years ahead.

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area and you have a cavity on one of your front teeth, you should call 503-644-5433 to seek treatment at LifeSmile Dental Group’s dental offices.