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Custom Crowns Provide Protection While Preserving Aesthetics

Dental decay or trauma can threaten your oral health and cause pronounced discomfort. Dental crowns are a trusted way to provide protection to damaged teeth and restore normal function. Heathman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers a variety of restorative materials to meet the unique needs of patients at our Little Rock, AR, practice. Dr. Montgomery Heathman and his team are committed to providing local families with an exceptional level of care. We will work closely with you to find the best solution to protect your smile for years to come. 

Technician customizing dental crown

Dental crowns are virtually indistinguishable from patients' natural teeth.

What is a Dental Crown?

A traditional dental crown is a cap-shaped restoration which is placed over the remaining natural tooth structure. Crowns fully cover the visible portion of treated teeth down to the gum line. This type of restoration can be utilized for both restorative and cosmetic procedures, including: 

  • Restore function to a damaged tooth
  • Improve the appearance of stained or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Protect a decayed or injured tooth from further damage
  • Protect a tooth following root canal treatment
  • Build up teeth which have been worn due to teeth grinding

Crowns can also be combined with dental implants or dental bridges to replace missing teeth.

Materials We Offer

We offer a variety of durable, lifelike dental crown materials. Depending on your concerns, treatment goals, and budget, we might recommend: 

Porcelain
All-porcelain crowns are typically recommended to treat anterior teeth due to their natural appearance. However, this material may not be a good solution for patients with bruxism or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder since porcelain can fracture under extreme pressure.
IPS e.max®
Known for a highly realistic appearance and exceptional durability, IPS e.max crowns are popular among patients. These restorations are typically more expensive than other materials.
Zirconia
This material provides superior strength and durability while also offering an outstanding cosmetic solution due to a natural translucence. Additionally, zirconia crowns are more flexible which is ideal for patients with bruxism. 
Porcelain Fused with Metal Crowns
These crowns, called PFM crowns for short, offer patients a tooth-colored material supported by a durable metal frame. The metal may become visible along the gum line over time so we typically recommend these restorations for posterior teeth.

Placing Your Customized Crown

We have a technician who visits our office to precisely shade-match custom dental crowns, which ensures a completely seamless appearance.

During a comprehensive examination, Dr. Heathman can determine whether a traditional dental crown is right for you. These restorations can be designed and placed in two appointments. During your first visit, we will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed or damaged portions. Next, we will take an impression which will be sent to a trusted dental lab. We will typically place a temporary crown until your following appointment.

To ensure that our patients receive the highest-quality results, we have a technician who visits our office to shade-match the material used for your custom dental crown to the surrounding teeth. This provides the most seamless appearance and lifelike addition to your smile.

About two weeks later, your finalized dental crown will be received at our office. Dr. Heathman will then cement the restoration over your tooth, positioning it for a comfortable and secure fit.

Restore Your Oral Health

Learn more about the types of dental crowns we offer by scheduling a consultation. Contact us online or call us today at (501) 223-3838 to meet with Dr. Heathman.

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"Dr. Heathman has always done great work on me! He makes sure his patients are well taken care of! Highly recommended."

-Sara Meeks
Little Rock, AR