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Dental Crowns – Jonesboro, AR

Fast Tooth Repair That Lasts

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. If you’re interested in fast tooth repair that lasts, contact our office to learn more about dental crowns in Jonesboro, AR.

Why Choose Shane Smith DDS for Dental Crowns?

What Is a Dental Crown?

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.

The Dental Crown Process

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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. 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 Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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When you restore a damaged tooth with a dental crown, you can look forward to benefits such as:

Dental Crown FAQs

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Do you need a dental crown in Jonesboro, but have questions about the treatment? Below, our team has some of the most common concerns we receive from patients, along with our answers. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us directly—our team is always happy to help!

What can dental crowns be made from?

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, some of the most popular being natural-looking ones like porcelain and ceramic. Here are all of the types of dental crowns that can be made:

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a metal foundation with a porcelain layer on top to make them appear natural, while also being incredibly durable.
  • All-resin crowns are typically lower in cost than most of their counterparts because they don’t last as long, and they have a natural appearance.
  • All-ceramic or porcelain crowns are great for patients who need a crown on their front teeth or who have allergies to metal. They’re not as durable as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, but they still offer a long lifespan.

Are dental crowns permanent?

Technically, dental crowns aren’t permanent. However, once your tooth is fitted for a crown, it will always need one on it in order to keep it from becoming infected or severely damaged by harmful oral bacteria and decay. An average, a crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years with the proper care, so you’ll only need to replace it whenever your current crown fails or becomes damaged over time with use.

How do you know if a dental crown needs to be replaced?

There are a few common signs that your dental crown needs to be replaced or repaired:

  • Pain can occur as a result of decay beneath the crown.
  • Looseness or instability can happen if you chew on something hard and the crown becomes damaged or dislodged.
  • Discoloration or visible damage can compromise the tooth that lies beneath your crown if it’s not addressed in a timely manner.
  • A dark line at the base of the crown can occur with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and can indicate extensive wear-and-tear.

Are dental crowns safe for MRI?

This answer depends on the material that your crown is crafted from. All-porcelain, ceramic, and resin crowns won’t affect an MRI because they’re metal-free and won’t be impacted by the magnetic draw of the imaging machine. However, if you have a metal crown or filling, it isn’t safe for you to get an MRI. Before the process, you should be asked if you have any metal in your body by the imaging technician, so you won’t have to worry about any accidents occurring.

Post Op Instructions

Crowns Post-Op Instructions