For small cavities, a filling is usually enough to restore the tooth. But if a tooth is severely decayed, broken, or worn, it will need more than just a filling to prevent it from weakening even further. In situations like these, Dr. Shane Smith can fit a dental crown over a tooth to build up its full structure and protect it from additional damage. These lifelike restorations are incredibly durable, and better yet, we can even provide same-day dental crowns thanks to CEREC technology. If you’re interested in fast tooth repair that lasts, contact our office to learn more about dental crowns in Jonesboro, AR.
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A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped shell that is cemented over a structurally compromised tooth. Crowns are most often placed in order to shield a vulnerable tooth from damage that would otherwise result in the need for extraction later on.
Dental crowns can be crafted from numerous materials. Here at Shane Smith DDS, we provide crowns made from durable gold as well as tooth-colored options like Emax, zirconia, and porcelain. Whatever the case may be, rest assured that we’ll recommend the type of crown that best meets your unique needs.
Before your dentist in Jonesboro can place a crown, the tooth in question needs to be prepared. In some cases, this means removing a small layer of enamel to create room for the crown. In others, such as an extremely decayed tooth, we might need to build up the tooth with filling material so that it can adequately support the restoration.
Traditionally, getting a dental crown takes two appointments: one to prepare the tooth, capture impressions, and place a temporary, and another to bond the final crown into place. However, our practice offers CEREC same-day crowns as a means to complete the entire treatment in a single visit. After we reshape and take impressions of your tooth, our in-house milling machine begins fabricating your crown from a solid block of pressed ceramic. Once it’s finished, we’ll have you try it on, make any last-minute adjustments if need be, and cement the restoration over your tooth. The whole process should only take about an hour!
When you restore a damaged tooth with a dental crown, you can look forward to benefits such as: