Dental Crowns in Jonesboro, AR
What is a crown?
A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth made to repair a badly damaged tooth that will no longer support a “filling.” A crown covers, or “caps,” the natural tooth to provide support and prevent any future cracking of the tooth.
Crowns can also be used to achieve major cosmetic goals, including covering discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns can be made of all porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal base, or gold. This depends on the goals of each case.
Why do I need a crown?
Because your tooth is broken. – Crowns are most commonly needed when something happens to your tooth that causes a large piece to break off. A large, or even a smaller, cavity near a large, older filling can weaken the tooth and may cause the tooth to break. In general, a crown is necessary if more than one-half of the natural tooth is lost or any of the pointy cusps on back teeth are broken.
Because your tooth is about to break. – We see signs that a tooth is about to break frequently at check-up appointments. Even if you are not yet having symptoms with a tooth, we can prevent you from having to call us for an emergency dental visit when the tooth breaks on Saturday night or while on vacation in Hawaii. X-rays and thorough exams by our doctors are instrumental to preventing you from experiencing unnecessary pain.
Because your tooth hurts when you chew and you don’t know why. – CTS, or cracked tooth syndrome, is a common problem associated mostly with older metal fillings. CTS can also be related to clenching and grinding. This causes teeth to hurt when biting or chewing harder foods like nuts or steak. In the beginning stages, CTS pain will be inconsistent and may be hard to reproduce. Most cases we see of CTS involve older metal fillings that are wearing out and cracking the tooth holding them in. We also see people who clench and grind their teeth hard enough to produce these types of cracks in perfectly healthy teeth. In either case, a crown is necessary to support the tooth and keep the crack from growing. Without intervention, the crack will eventually get large enough to require a root canal or cause you to lose the tooth entirely. In cases where clenching or grinding is the cause, it is also suggested to wear a bite guard to prevent future damage of other teeth.
Because your tooth had a root canal. – Once a tooth has had a root canal, the tooth can become brittle and more likely to break while biting or chewing. Teeth that need root canals often have older fillings, crowns, or large cavities that have already weakened the tooth. Almost all back teeth that need a root canal will also need a crown. This keeps the tooth from cracking down the middle and eventually needing to be extracted. Back teeth support the forces of chewing and will eventually fail without a crown. A front tooth that needs a root canal can be filled if there is enough healthy tooth structure remaining, in some cases.
Porcelain crowns and veneers for cosmetic dentistry
Porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to change the shape and color of teeth. This is done to produce a vibrant and beautiful smile.
Smile design is the key to amazing results for all cosmetic dentistry. Our doctors will talk with you about your vision of a beautiful smile as well as specific things you don’t like and want to change. After this consultation, we can provide the best options to help you achieve your goals, which may include porcelain crowns, veneers, and/or teeth whitening.
Call today to schedule your consultation
Ready to learn more about crowns and how they can help you meet your dental goals? Call our Jonesboro dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brett Burris or Dr. Lauren Harmon.