Repair Your Smile with Custom-Crafted Dental Crowns
If you have a weakened, cracked, or otherwise compromised tooth, you may benefit from a dental crown. This restoration fits over a damaged tooth to strengthen its outer structure and conceal surface flaws. At Dr. Van O’Dell Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we offer highly lifelike dental crowns to our North Little Rock patients. These restorations are custom-fabricated at an exceptional dental lab, and they are made to complement your natural teeth. Dr. O’Dell has extensive experience placing dental crowns and will make sure your tooth looks and feels as good as new. Contact us today and take the first step toward restoring your smile.
Dental crowns can strengthen and protect compromised teeth, so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
The Basics of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are designed to look just like your natural teeth. Once in place, they are virtually indistinguishable from surrounding teeth. Dr. O’Dell offers crowns made from two materials:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: The metal lends strength and durability to the crown, and the porcelain coating can be custom-matched to the natural color of your teeth.
- All-porcelain: For optimal aesthetics, you may want to choose an all-porcelain crown. These restorations will never change color and will better protect the integrity of your smile.
At your consultation, Dr. O’Dell will explain these materials in more detail and help you select the right one for your needs.
How Dr. O’Dell Will Place Your Crown
No matter which type of crown you select, the placement process is the same. Dr. O’Dell will reshape your tooth, removing any damaged material and making room for the restoration. Then he will take impressions of your tooth to send to the lab. We have worked with the same dental lab for nearly three decades and we can guarantee the superiority of their work. Skilled ceramists will carefully fabricate your crown to achieve the proper fit and appearance.
When your crown is finished, Dr. O’Dell will make sure that it fits properly and does not interfere with your bite alignment. If no adjustments are needed, he will attach the restoration with permanent dental cement.
Dental Bridges and Other Functions of Dental Crowns
Bridges replace a single tooth or consecutive missing teeth. These restorations are comprised of several crowns, fused together to make a single unit. When you receive a traditional bridge, Dr. O’Dell will crown the two adjacent teeth, and these crowns will support the entire restoration. Bridges are also made of lifelike porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Like crowns, they are custom-crafted to match your smile. We also offer implant-supported bridges, which rest on two implant posts on either side of the restoration.
In addition to supporting dental bridges, crowns can perform several other important functions. Their uses include:
- Strengthening weakened teeth
- Covering up large fillings
- Concealing chips and cracks
- Enhancing small, stained, or unusually shaped teeth
- Completing root canal therapy
Contact Us Today
Come benefit from our advanced materials and Dr. O’Dell’s consummate skill. Schedule an appointment today and find out how a crown can restore your smile and dental functionality.