Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

What? I Need a Crown?

September 10, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Wade Kifer
Dental Crown | Fayetteville AR Dentist

Patients are often surprised when we recommend a dental crown, especially if they take excellent care of their teeth. A crown doesn’t always mean that you have done something wrong, sometimes your teeth crack or become unstable because of circumstances outside of your control – like your bite. 

Dental crowns are necessary in a variety of situations. If you have deep decay, cracks, fractures, or if your tooth has had a root canal, you might benefit from a dental crown. Crowns fit over your tooth completely, offering additional support when you chew.

How about a Filling Instead? 

Fillings provide a different solution than dental crowns. Fillings, much like their name suggests, fill in areas of your tooth where we removed decay. Because they simply fill in an area and seal it off does not mean that it provides the support that your tooth needs to survive. In fact, in some cases, placing a filling where you should have a crown can make your tooth less stable.

Why am I Breaking My Teeth?

Teeth crack and break for a number of reasons. You might bite into something unexpected that chips or cracks your tooth, like an olive pit. However, if you have multiple fractures in your molars, you might be damaging your teeth while you sleep because of bruxism. Bruxism means that you excessively grind your teeth. Teeth grinding is a serious condition that can damage or destroy your smile.

For some patients, we recommend a nightguard, or occlusal splint, to protect their teeth while they sleep. Splints also offer protection for your dentistry and make it last longer.

Function and Beauty 

Our crowns not only protect your teeth, but also improve your appearance. We use the highest quality materials to restore your teeth and approach each case with both your health and appearance in mind. We know that it is important to our patients to look as good as they feel.

Are you looking for a dentist who provides quality crowns in the Fayetteville area? Give us a call!

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