Unlike a shark, which may have a many as 50,000 teeth in a lifetime in several different sets, humans only get one set of 28 permanent teeth (not including wisdom teeth). That means that when something happens to a permanent tooth, whether it gets damaged in an accident, or from tooth decay or other disease, you cannot grow a new one in its place. If you do have a tooth that needs repair, crowns in Bend Oregon are one solution to replace your damaged teeth. Crowns are like a cap placed over your existing tooth that provide a cover and restore the appearance and function of your teeth. They are often implanted in patients who have teeth weakened by decay, or who have cracked or broken teeth that are smaller than other teeth. They may also be used in cases where a patient needs a bridge to fill in a missing tooth, or to cover a tooth that has become discolored. There are many different types of crowns in Bend Oregon available, ranging from metals such as gold or stainless steel, to more natural-looking materials that resemble your permanent teeth, such as porcelain, resin, or ceramic. Metal teeth are very durable, and can withstand all the different forces that teeth are subjected to, including biting and chewing, and rarely break or chip; however, they are more obvious and some consider them unsightly, while others are concerned about the potential effects of having permanent metal inside your mouth. Porcelain and ceramic are more natural-looking, and can often be matched to the same approximate color as your other teeth, but they are more fragile and could crack or chip over time. To find out if crowns in Bend Oregon are the best option for your dental situation, and to prepare for the procedure, visit your dentist to get an exam and X-rays and make sure your mouth is healthy enough for the procedure. Most crowns can be done right in the dentist’s office with a local anesthetic, and are relatively easy. It may require more than one procedure—the first to take an imprint of your mouth and place a temporary crown while a permanent crown is created, then a second one a few weeks later to place the permanent crown specifically fabricated to match your other teeth. Crowns in Bend Oregon can be a great option for patients looking to rebuild damaged or decaying teeth that have weakened over time. In addition to helping restore the function of your teeth, they can give you back the confidence of a beautiful smile.