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Dental Crowns in Little Rock, AR

There are two basic parts of a tooth: the root and the crown. The root is covered by the gums and bone while the crown is the part of the tooth visible in the mouth. When a tooth or teeth are badly damaged, cracked, broken, or misshapen, crowns are the most effective solution, thus, dental crowns are one of the most common procedures dentists perform.

A dental crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth. Dental crowns perform very important functions for individual tooth health as well as overall mouth health.

What Dental Crowns are Used For

A crown is used to restore a damaged tooth to its original shape and size. A dentist at Little Rock Family Dental Care may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, ceramic, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance as it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, although it is often less durable. Other materials like gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic are generally stronger and may be recommended for back teeth.

One of our experienced Little Rock dentists can determine which option will work best for your mouth!

What to Expect at Your Crown Procedure

The process of having a crown installed generally consists of a minimum of two to three visits over a three to four week period. The treatment plan for a patient receiving a dental crown involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  2. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period while the custom-made crown is being created.
  5. Applying the custom-made crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth.
  6. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.

Once the dental crown procedure is completed, proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease.

Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime!

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To receive the best dental care by knowledgeable and trustworthy dentists, call or visit Little Rock Family Dental Care today.

We can help restore your smile with a virtually painless dental crown procedure!