Crowns in Fayetteville, AR
Dental crowns are restorations designed to fit over your natural tooth and provide protection. If your tooth sustained damage, a crown can restore its shape, appearance, and function. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage by absorbing the force from chewing.
When Is a Dental Crown Necessary?
Reasons you might need a crown vary and can include:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- A tooth with a root canal
- Large cavity
- Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS)
- Crown or filling replacement
- Cosmetic reasons
- Worn teeth that need to be built up
Many patients who have old fillings, especially amalgam fillings, which can be quite large, may experience secondary decay around the margins of your filling. Removing a filling may leave your tooth structure compromised and a replacement filling might not be enough to stabilize and protect your tooth. A crown will completely cover your tooth and offer the greatest protection from fractures and splitting.
How Dental Crown Procedures Work
Dr. Scott Stephens has extensive experience when it comes to the preparation and placement of dental crowns. The procedure for a crown involves:
- Numbing the tooth
- Removing any decay or old filling material
- Placing a new filling material called a buildup or core to help strengthen the tooth
- Removing tooth structure and shaping the tooth to the proper dimensions
- Taking an impression of the tooth
- Placing a temporary crown over the prepared tooth
Following this process, we send your impression to a dental laboratory where they fabricate your crown, often combining the skill of a dental lab technician and computer technology. Then they return your permanent crown to our office and you will have your final appointment to ensure a good fit.
What Materials Are Used to Make Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials, and which one will work best for you depends on the location of your tooth, your anatomy, and any cosmetic concerns that need to be addressed. While we use all types of crowns in our Fayetteville, AR dental office, based on the specific situation at hand, we primarily use all ceramic crowns. We have found that in most situations, they offer the ideal combination of strength and aesthetics for a strong, visually pleasing restoration that can last a long time.
Do Dental Crowns Have Any Risks?
The biggest risk of a crown is irritation of the nerve, which can cause sensitivity. As necessary as a crown or filling may be, removing decay and tooth structure is traumatic to the tooth. Some sensitivity may occur after your crown procedure.
While most sensitivity subsides as the nerve heals, sometimes healing does not take place and the nerve will die. We try to anticipate these scenarios and discuss them before the procedure, but sometimes despite all precautions and prediction, certain teeth will end up needing root canals. In general, 1 to 15% of teeth that receive crowns lose vitality and require a root canal.
Call Us to Schedule an Evaluation
If you need a dental crown or suspect you might need one, contact Scott J. Stephens Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an evaluation. Our highly skilled and professional team will help restore your oral health and wellness through high-quality dentistry.