Dental Crowns in Bentonville
Integrated Dentistry provides dental crowns in Bentonville, AR. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 479-333-1300.
Enhance and Restore Your Smile with Porcelain Crowns
It’s always our goal to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible rather than extracting them. Crowns allow us to do just that. Rather than extracting a tooth with deep decay or damage, we only remove the damaged structure, rebuilding it and protecting it with a crown. Your crown is made to fit over the remaining tooth prevent further damage. This is why crowns are sometimes also known as “caps.”
At Integrated Dentistry, our preferred material for crowns is zirconia or porcelain, as it offers the most natural-looking results. A porcelain or zirconia crown blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile because it can be made to match the shape, size, and color of your real tooth. No dark lines around the edges like older crown technology that involved a metal substructure.
What to Expect When You Need a Porcelain Crown
When you come to our office for a dental crown, the first step in the process is taking digital impressions of your teeth and bite. These impressions allow us to create a model of your smile on our computer; with this model, we can design a crown that replicates your natural tooth.
Next, your tooth is prepared for your crown by removing the damaged or decayed areas. The process is similar to what you’ve likely experienced in the past when getting a cavity filled. Your tooth and the tissue surrounding it are completely numb, so you won’t feel any discomfort. Another set of impressions is taken, this time to ensure that your crown fits securely onto your prepared tooth.
At this point, a temporary restoration is placed on the tooth. Dr. Johnson will design your crown and send its specifications to a professional dental laboratory, where it is fabricated with exacting detail. When the crown is complete, you’ll return to our office so it can be bonded in place. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental crown to last many years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns usually last five to 15 years depending on the quality and type of material, but it’s not uncommon for them to last even longer. Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see the dentist every six months for evaluations and cleanings to maximize the lifespan of your dental crown.
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
When your tooth is being prepared for your dental crown, we use local anesthesia to ensure that you don’t experience any pain or discomfort.
Are porcelain crowns good?
Yes, porcelain crowns are a great option for patients who want a dental crown that looks like a natural tooth.
Are porcelain crowns better than metal?
In the past, gold and metal alloy crowns were a popular choice, but these days, most patients are interested in a dental crown that blends in with the rest of their teeth for a more natural look. Metal alloy crowns are strong and durable and there are some circumstances in which they may be a good option, but porcelain is generally considered a better choice.
Are crowns worth the money?
Perhaps you’re wondering: why should you get a dental crown when you could just have your tooth extracted instead? It’s simple—a dental crown allows us to save most of your natural tooth, which is the best possible outcome for your oral health. When a tooth is extracted, it must be replaced; if it’s not replaced, it can compromise your jaw and the surrounding teeth, which may begin to shift into the gap left behind.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 479-333-1300.