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Crowns cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures and that have certain defects, like cracks. Your dentist in Jonesboro, AR, Dr. Emily Gairhan, is more than happy to provide patients with crowns and tell them more about their benefits.
Crowns are porcelain covers that:
- conceal unattractive teeth
- reinforce teeth and
- protect restorative procedures, like root canals
The procedure is simple. It only takes two to three visits:
- Your dentist numbs the area the crown will be placed.
- The dentist makes takes an impression of your teeth then sends it to a lab where a technician creates custom-made crowns.
- You are given a temporary crown and make another appointment with your Jonesboro dentist.
- Your dentist shapes/restructures the tooth to fit under the crown.
- If little tooth structure is left your dentist builds it up with filling material that should support the crown.
- The permanent crown is attached with resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source.
In order to take proper care of your natural teeth and crowns, you need to brush twice a day and floss, at the very least, once before bed. This dental regimen reduces risk of dental decay, as well as eating healthier. Avoid sugary foods that contain acid-producing bacteria that eat away at your teeth.
Bi-annual dental appointments are another great preventative measure. Your dentist will give you a dental exam to ensure there aren't any issues and give you a professional cleaning.
If you suffer from bruxism, it's a good idea to wear a mouth guard or splints to increase your crown's lifespan.
For more information on dental crowns, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Emily Gairhan in Jonesboro, AR, as soon as possible.
Let’s find out how these popular restorations could give you the perfect smile.
There are so many cosmetic and restorative dental options out there that it can sometimes be difficult to determine just which one will provide your smile with the little boost it needs to look and feel better. Our Jonesboro, AR, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Emily Gairhan, is here to tell you about two popular dental options that could be right for you.
What are dental crowns?
As you may already know, crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are designed to fit over the entire crown of your tooth. In essence, this restoration becomes your new tooth, providing a strong outer structure to protect the weak or damaged tooth that lies underneath. Crowns are often made from resilient tooth-colored materials and each crown is custom-made based on exact measurements taken of your tooth.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin shells that, unlike crowns, only adhere to the front portion of your tooth rather than the whole crown of your tooth. Veneers are strictly used for cosmetic purposes to improve the shape, contour, size, color and even the texture of your smile.
Who can benefit from these restorations?
There are many people who can benefit from either or both of these restorations for different reasons. If our Jonesboro dentist has discovered that your tooth is weak or damaged (e.g. fractured; serious decay), then a crown will most likely be the restoration to restrengthen your tooth.
Of course, crowns may also be used if you have a tooth that is malformed or severely discolored to improve its appearance. Crowns can even be used to stabilize a dental bridge (a restoration that replaces missing teeth).
As we mentioned earlier, veneers are more cosmetic in nature. When veneers are bonded to the front of one or more teeth they are designed to enhance and boost the appearance of your smile. If you want to hide discolorations, chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, minor crookedness, misshapen teeth or even lengthen teeth that are worn down (but your teeth are otherwise in good health) then veneers may be a better approach to giving you the results you want.
Gairhan Dental Care is here in Jonesboro, AR, to provide your entire family with the dental care they need. Whether your child might need braces or you are interested in dental veneers, we are a one-stop shop to give you the smile you deserve.