Christine S. Liu DMD & Lilian Liu, DMD

Dentists located in Portland, OR & Beaverton, OR

If you have decaying, discolored, or misshapen teeth, dental crowns help restore your beautiful smile. At the practice of Christine Liu, DMD, and Lilian Liu, DMD, with two locations, Jantzen Beach Dental in Portland, Oregon, and El Monica Dental in Beaverton, Oregon, they offer Cerec® same-day crowns requiring just one dental visit for added patient convenience. Schedule an appointment over the phone at Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, to find out if a dental crown is right for you.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

Dental crowns are special tooth coverings made of porcelain or other materials that fit securely over the entire portion of your natural tooth, just like a cap. Crowns help restore a tooth’s size, shape, strength, color, and overall appearance.

When are crowns needed?

Dental crowns might be necessary to repair teeth that are:

  • Weak
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Broken
  • Misshapen
  • Decaying
  • Worn down
  • Discolored

Crowns also support teeth with large fillings or those treated with a root canal. They hold dental bridges in place and cover dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth.

Am I a good candidate for a crown?

To determine if a crown is right for you, your dentist reviews your medical and dental history and examines your teeth. The team also uses X-rays to let you know if a crown or other dental treatment, such as a bridge or veneers, is best suited to your personalized needs.

What happens during crown placement?

Typically, crown placement is a two-step process. However, with Cerec® same-day crowns, just one appointment is needed. Your dentist removes part of your tooth’s enamel or builds up the tooth to ensure your new crown will properly fit.

The team takes digital scans of your teeth to create a new custom crown right in the office using specialized equipment. Your dentist cements the crown securely over your natural tooth, where it remains in place. 

Your dentist ensures it fits properly before you leave the office, and your new crown perfectly matches the color and shape of your surrounding teeth.

How should I care for a crown?

To care for your new crown, avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies. Brush your teeth at least two times daily and floss every day. Attend routine dental cleanings and exams with dental staff at Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, and call your dentist right away if your crown breaks or becomes loose.

Don’t let tooth decay or damage progress to more serious oral health problems when getting a crown is a simple, painless procedure. Schedule an appointment at Christine S. Liu, DMD, PC, over the phone today.