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Dental Crowns Little Rock
Dental crowns are the most esthetic (natural-looking) crowns available at the Little Rock dental practice of John Cloud. Is a crown just a crown? No! We can make porcelain crowns (no metal) here in the office in one appointment. We use a CEREC® machine to produce a strong, beautiful all-ceramic (porcelain) crown that fits your tooth within 35 microns of perfection. You cannot get that from a human hand, only from a computer-based system. Our CEREC® crown appointment lasts from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. If you are interested in more information about CEREC® porcelain dental crowns, please contact our Little Rock office today.
Advantages of Dental Crowns
One of the most obvious advantages of dental crowns is their life-like beauty; this stems from the fact that there is no metal to absorb light. The lack of metal also reduces sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids because we all know metal transfers hot and cold well. Since dental crowns are bonded in the same day, there is less sensitivity because of better seal and less leakage. The convenience of one appointment means not having to wear a temporary that could fall out or leak. CEREC® crowns don't require those yucky impressions, either!
Disadvantages of Dental Crowns
An appointment for a CEREC® crown will last longer than traditional crowns (however, you’ll only have to make one trip!) CEREC® porcelain dental crowns are not as strong as all-metal or porcelain-fused-to metal crowns. Also, they need to be placed in the appropriate place, and are not made for heavy ice chewers.
Another newer porcelain crown is a zirconium-based crown. Although made at a dental lab, the same type of technology is used. A computer makes an under layer of non-metal structure to which porcelain is applied. It is still very pretty but is a tougher crown for more intense bites. These are being used in the back of the mouth and for all porcelain bridges for tooth replacements.
The old porcelain-fused-to-metal crown still has its place. You can make it pretty by using an esthetic porcelain margin that eliminates the old gray line in the smile you used to see. It is the strongest porcelain crown we have.
Advantages of Zirconium-based Crowns
They hold up to most pressure (we still do not suggest chewing ice). They are best for multiple tooth replacement bridges.
Disadvantages of Zirconium-based Crowns
The placement requires multiple appointments, impressions, and temporary restorations.
Contact us about Dental Crowns
If you are interested in the types of dental crowns available at our Little Rock office, contact Dr. John Cloud, also serving Maumelle, North Little Rock, Bryant, Benton, and Conway. A member of our staff will happily answer your questions and schedule an appointment with the doctor if you’d like.