Do I Need a Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns are the perfect solution to a variety of common dental problems. If you’re not sure about what a crown is or whether or not you need one, read on to learn about this restorative dental treatment!

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. Typically, dental crowns are custom-made from a special dental ceramic that will look and feel like a natural tooth.

Do I Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are used to repair damage, restore function, and improve aesthetics. For example, if you have worn down teeth that are no longer comfortable or functional, a crown can help with that. We also advise getting crowns if you have a cavity that is larger than a filling can repair. Dental crowns are also used to complete dental implant procedures, cover cracked and broken teeth, and hide severely discolored or irregularly shaped teeth.

What Is the Dental Crown Process?

Depending on the reason you need a crown, we will first prepare the tooth receiving the crown. For severe cavities or infections of the root canal, this will involve cleaning out the tooth. For worn down or cracked teeth, we may need to shape the enamel so the crown will have a perfect fit. We’ll also need to take an impression of the tooth so we know the exact shape needed for your new crown. You will receive a temporary crown while waiting for your custom-fitted permanent crown. Once your crown is ready, we’ll replace the temporary crown. Then, you’ll have a fully functioning smile that looks beautiful and natural.

How Do I Care for My Crowns?

Although crowns are durable and meant to last a lifetime, they are still susceptible to injury and can come off. Use caution when chewing on hard or chewy foods that could dislodge your crown. Additionally, avoid chewing non-food items like pens and opening packaging with your teeth. Protect the underlying tooth and neighboring teeth from decay and infection by maintaining your daily dental hygiene. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss every day. Visit us every six months for cleanings and checkups, but let us know right away if you lose a crown. This is considered a dental emergency! If possible, hold onto your crown and bring it to your appointment.

More Questions? Ask Our Jonesboro Dental Office!

If we haven’t answered all of your questions about dental crowns, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation for a dental crown, contact us today. We look forward to helping improve your smile.

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