Fort Smith, AR
Here at Harper Dental we have a team of qualified experts who are experts in dental crowns. A dental crown is a cap that resembles a tooth, and our dentists place it over your tooth for various reasons. These reasons include to improve the appearance of the tooth, restore its size and shape, and improve its strength. Dental crowns are a Restorative Dentistry procedure.
When you visit our offices for an appointment, our experts will first examine your teeth before making recommendations. Our dentists can recommend a dental crown in case you have a weak tooth that needs to be protected from breaking. They can also recommend dental crowns if you notice that any of your teeth are cracked and they need to be held together. Patients with teeth that are already broken also need dental crowns for the teeth to be restored.
Dental crowns can also be used to support and cover teeth with a big filling, especially in cases when there is not much left of the tooth. We also use dental crowns to hold dental bridges in place or to cover misshaped or discolored teeth. Other patients request porcelain crowns to cover their dental implants or for Cosmetic purposes.
The Different Types of Dental Crowns
It's important to note that there are different types of dental crowns, but the popular ones include porcelain, metal alloys, gold, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. All-porcelain crowns have different sealing abilities, which depend on the quality of the primary tooth, as well as the filling materials used. However, the other three types will give you remarkably good seals.
Dental gold crowns made out of metal alloys and gold are considered to be more durable, whereas all-porcelain dental crowns can be weak, and more susceptible to breaking when you put much pressure on them. For instance, people who grind their teeth at night might have a problem in case they have all-porcelain dental crowns fixed.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns, on the other hand, are more durable than all-porcelain dental crowns. Even though these two porcelain-based dental crowns are resilient to wear and tear, they can easily and quickly affect the opposite teeth if their surface becomes rough. However, metal alloys and gold dental crowns are more resistant to wear and tear, and they are also gentle to the opposite teeth.
It is important to note that dental crowns can last for long—only if you take good care of them, even though they can fall out or become loose. The best way to get the best out of your dental crowns is to ensure good and proper oral health. Always make sure that you brush and floss at least twice each day.
Lastly, it's good to make sure that you schedule regular dental checkups with one of our dentists as this will help you to maintain good dental hygiene.
What to Do Next
When one of our dentists recommends a dental crown, make sure that you discuss with them the materials that they would use to create the dental crown. Also, it's essential to know how long the procedure will take, as well as what you need to do to make the procedure successful. Our office also offers CEREC Same-Day Crowns. Ask about these during your consultation!
If you need more information about dental crowns, don't hesitate to contact one our team at Harper Dental at (479) 431-0280, and they will give you more information about this procedure.