Dental crowns are often seen as the finishing touch to large fillings; however, there are many other purposes that these structures serve. Cosmetic crowns are comprised of highly durable materials and they provide a custom fit to the bite pattern and the natural teeth.
They enhance the structural integrity of the smile and limit wear and tear on the natural tooth structures. Getting a dental crown is often the ideal solution when too much of a tooth has been lost to damage or decay. When chipped, fractured or decayed teeth need to be addressed, we can determine whether or not cosmetic crowns are right for you.
Treatments That Require Cosmetic Crowns
Dental crowns are most commonly used to protect and reinforce teeth with large fillings. They can additionally strengthen and restore teeth that have been damaged or weakened by ongoing wear or to complete dental implant or root canal procedures.
We may even recommend the placement of dental crowns for the correction of alignment issues or to anchor in a dental bridge if addressing tooth loss.
Gum and Bone Health
When determining the best method of treatment for weakened, damaged or decayed teeth, we will additionally consider the strength and integrity of the underlying bone structures and the surrounding gum tissues.
In some instances, it may be necessary to pursue alternative courses of action before using dental crowns, such as reconstructive or restorative gum surgeries.
The goal of these efforts is to ensure the long-term health and stability of the remaining tooth structures and to stave off additional tooth decay and potential tooth loss.
Before Getting a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are designed to address structural and aesthetic issues; however, they do not resolve problems like tooth decay or infections of the gum tissues and underlying bone structures on their own.
Due to this fact, these products are commonly used as part of multi-pronged treatment plans. We will take steps to clear out all signs of tooth decay and treat any existing infections before new crowns are fitted or installed.
Depending upon the extent of the tooth damage, we may recommend a root canal procedure or an extraction of the infected tooth with a crown being used to anchor in a dental bridge.
In either instance, the dental crown will complete the smile and prevent the remaining natural tooth structures from migrating out of their intended positions.
What to Expect During a Dental Crown Placement Procedure
Dental crown placement procedures start with the production of a custom mold of the targeted area. Patients receive in-office fittings of their new crowns before application to ensure a seamless and aesthetically-pleasing fit.
When new crowns are determined to both function correctly and blend in with the natural surrounding tooth structures, they are then bonded to the teeth and can be used right away.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Serving the Little Rock area, the dental practice of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot is committed to providing exceptional dental care to ensure that patients look and feel their very best. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about cosmetic crowns and how they can benefit you.
Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.