A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of materials such as porcelain, metal, or both, designed to encase and cover a damaged or weakened tooth. This restoration is custom-fitted and cemented onto the tooth, providing strength, protection, and improvement in appearance. At Woodruff Family Dental, dental crowns are commonly used to address issues such as large cavities and fractures, after root canal treatment, or for cosmetic purposes, offering a durable solution to enhance the function and aesthetics of a compromised tooth.
The process begins with a thorough dental examination. The dentist in Jonesboro, AR, assesses the tooth's condition that needs a crown. X-rays may be taken to evaluate the extent of damage or decay and to ensure the surrounding structures are healthy.
If the tooth is extensively damaged or decayed, the dentist will prepare it to accommodate the dental crown. This involves removing the damaged or decayed portions of the tooth, shaping it to create space for the crown, and ensuring a solid foundation for the restoration.
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist takes impressions of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. These impressions serve as a mold for the dental laboratory to create a custom-fitted crown that matches the shape and size of the prepared tooth.
The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians craft the permanent crown. The choice of materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination, is based on aesthetics and the tooth's location in the mouth.
Once the permanent crown is ready, the patient returns for the final placement. The temporary crown is removed, and the fit and color of the permanent crown are checked. Adjustments may be made to ensure proper bite and alignment.
Once the fit is confirmed, a dental adhesive cements the permanent crown onto the prepared tooth. The dentist ensures that the crown is securely in place and that the bite is comfortable.
After cements the crown, the dentist may make additional adjustments to ensure the bite feels natural and comfortable. This step is crucial for the long-term success of the crown.
Whether strengthening a weakened tooth, enhancing aesthetics, or supporting dental bridges, crowns are crucial in preserving and restoring oral health. Visit Woodruff Family Dental at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or call (870) 972-8190 to explore the possibilities of dental crowns and unlock the potential for a healthier, more vibrant smile.