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Why You Need a Dental Crown

October 12, 2022
Posted By: Anthony Bartels, DDS Family Dentistry Team
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Your dentist recommends dental crowns in Jonesboro, AR, for various reasons, but it is typically to save a damaged tooth at risk for breakage or loss. A dental crown is a cover that fits over your tooth to the gumline. It is custom designed to fit, look, and function like your untreated teeth.

Why We Prefer Crowns Over Tooth Extraction

If your tooth is broken or damaged, you might think extraction is the better choice, especially if the tooth is at the back of the mouth. Unfortunately, pulling the tooth can lead to shifting teeth, bite issues, and unnecessary wear and tear on your remaining teeth. Therefore, we almost always recommend tooth replacement if you extract a tooth.

A dental crown keeps your smile intact, and you’ll not have to worry about the issues associated with tooth loss.

Reasons You Might Need a Dental Crown

The most common reason for a dental crown is to restore stability to an at-risk tooth. This can be due to injury or following a root canal infection. The crown preserves your bite force while protecting the vulnerable tooth.

Another reason you might want a dental crown is to conceal tooth flaws, including discoloration, chips, and shape abnormalities.

Dental crowns also work in tooth replacement by connecting artificial teeth to healthy teeth via capping (dental bridge). Dental crowns also act as replacement teeth for single dental implants.

Dental Crown Care

Forget you have a dental crown and treat the restored tooth like your untreated teeth.

  • Practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily.
  • Practice healthy habits by visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Report any changes to your dentist immediately, including crown damage or loosening.
  • Don’t bite down on hard objects like ice with your capped or uncapped teeth.

Contact Your Family Dentist in Jonesboro, AR

Dental crowns are an essential part of modern dentistry. Contact us today if you want to learn more or schedule an evaluation with the dentist.

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