What Are Dental Crowns?
By Gairhan Dental Care
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Dentists use dental crowns to help patients restore and strengthen their smiles. Over time, a tooth can weaken from aging, wear and tear, or injury. Crowns form a strong barrier around the inner parts of a tooth to keep it firmly rooted and healthy. Learn more about crowns and how Dr. Emily Gairhan at Gairhan Dental Care in Jonesboro, AR, can successfully incorporate one or more crowns into your smile.

What Are Dental Crowns?
A crown is a dental implement that mimics the appearance and function of the outer enamel of a tooth. Modern crowns are usually made of porcelain because it is both durable and attractive. Before placing a crown, your Jonesboro dentist must first remove the damaged enamel from the affected tooth. An impression is taken of the new shape of your tooth so that a custom crown can be fashioned to fit over it. The crown is securely joined to the surface with a very strong dental-grade bonding agent. 

The Importance of Keeping Your Teeth Strong
Crowns are often used in root canal procedures to cover up lost enamel. Covering the damaged tooth gives it a chance to heal and get stronger. It’s important to keep both the inner and outer parts of your tooth strong if you want to avoid tooth extraction or loss in the future.

Additional Benefits of Crowns
Crowns don't only have functional benefits -- they can also make your smile look aesthetically better. For instance, some patients struggle with intrinsic (inner layer) tooth staining that doesn't respond to professional whitening procedures. A crown will cover up that flaw and stay white for many years. Some patients also get crowns when they have teeth that are too small, causing unsightly gaps.

Repair, Strengthen, and Beautify Your Smile
Dr. Emily Gairhan is a Jonesboro, AR, cosmetic dentist who is happy to restore her patients’ smiles with crowns and other dental treatment. The sooner you talk to Dr. Gairhan about dental crowns, the sooner you can have a stronger and better-looking smile. Call (870) 931-1100 today to schedule an appointment.