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Inauguration night is usually a lavish, Washington, D.C., affair with hundreds attending inaugural balls throughout the city. And when you're an A-List celebrity whose husband is a headliner at one of the events, it's sure to be a memorable night. As it was for super model Chrissy Teigen—but for a slightly different reason. During the festivities in January, Teigen lost a tooth.

Actually, it was a crown, but once she told a Twitter follower that she loved it “like he was a real tooth.” The incident happened while she was snacking on a Fruit Roll-Up (those sticky devils!), and for a while there, husband and performer John Legend had to yield center stage to the forlorn cap.

But here's something to consider: If not for the roll-up (and Teigen's tweets on the accident) all of us except Teigen, her dentist and her inner circle, would never have known she had a capped tooth. That's because today's porcelain crowns are altogether life-like. You don't have to sacrifice appearance to protect a tooth, especially one that's visible when you smile (in the “Smile Zone”).

It wasn't always like that. Although there have been tooth-colored materials for decades, they weren't as durable as the crown of choice for most of the 20th Century, one made of metal. But while gold or silver crowns held up well against the daily grind of biting forces, their metallic appearance was anything but tooth-like.

Later, dentists developed a hybrid of sorts—a metal crown fused within a tooth-colored porcelain shell. These PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crowns offered both strength and a life-like appearance. They were so effective on both counts that PFMs were the most widely used crowns by dentists until the early 2000s.

But PFMs today make up only 40% of currently placed crowns, down from a high of 83% in 2005. What dethroned them? The all-ceramic porcelain crown—but composed of different materials from years past. Today's all-ceramic crowns are made of more durable materials like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (the strongest known porcelain) that make them nearly as strong as metal or PFM crowns.

What's more, coupled with advanced techniques to produce them, all-ceramic crowns are incredibly life-like. You may still need a traditional crown on a back tooth where biting forces are much higher and visibility isn't an issue. But for a tooth in the “Smile Zone”, an all-ceramic crown is more than suitable.

If you need a new crown (hopefully not by way of a sticky snack) or you want to upgrade your existing dental work, see us for a complete exam. A modern all-ceramic crown can protect your tooth and enhance your smile.

If you would like more information about crowns or other kinds of dental work, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
January 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crown   Dental Crown  

Here’s what you should know about getting dental crowns.

It’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to not just for routine checkups but also to provide restorations and treatments if or when the need arises. At some point during your lifetime, you may require a dental crown and our Marion, AR, family dentist Dr. Wayne Cook can provide you with the crown, filling or restorative dentistry you need for a strong, healthy smile. Have questions about dental crowns? Here’s what you should know,

A dental crown protects teeth

If you have a tooth that has been damaged by infection, decay or trauma, it’s important that you have something to strengthen and protect what’s left of the tooth. If you leave a weak tooth unprotected, you can imagine that over time the tooth will just get weaker.

Instead, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to reinforce it and to provide a protective barrier around it. Just as you’d put a cast around a broken bone, our Marion, AR, family dentist will place a crown over the tooth to help the tooth chew and bite comfortably without issues.

A dental crown can improve your smile’s appearance

While crowns are considered restorative dentistry, this tooth-shaped cap can also enhance the appearance of your smile. A crown can improve,

  • A tooth that has a pitted, uneven texture
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Discolored or severely stained teeth

Our crowns are custom-made to provide you with a perfectly fitted and natural-looking restoration. Our tooth-colored crowns are made from porcelain, making it easy to choose a shade that will blend right in with the rest of your smile. No one will know that you once had a misshapen or discolored tooth once we place a crown over it.

A dental crown can help replace missing teeth

That’s right! A dental crown can also play a vital role in replacing missing teeth. Whether you choose to get a dental implant or a dental bridge, you will also need a dental crown. A crown is cemented over an implant to replace one or more missing teeth and two crowns are also to anchor a dental bridge into place to fill gaps in your smile with natural-looking false teeth.

If you are wondering whether your smile could benefit from dental crowns, then call our Marion, AR, family dentist today at (870) 739-8799 to schedule a consultation with our team.


As America's toughest trainer on the hit television program The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels helped people learn that they hold the power to change. And if anyone knows about the power of changing oneself, it is Jillian Michaels. In her recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Jillian discusses her childhood, the trauma of being overweight as a teenager (5' 2" and 175 pounds), and the day her life forever changed when she started martial arts training at a gym. “I started training when I was 17 and always loved it but never thought it would end up being my career,” she said.

Jillian also reveals that when she was a child, she broke her two front teeth and had them repaired with crowns. She added, “Now, I generally wear a mouthguard if I am doing anything where my teeth have any chance of being knocked out.”

When it comes to replacing teeth that are broken or damaged from trauma, or teeth that are damaged because of dental decay, grinding habits, or acid erosion, crowns may be your best option. And because the tooth enamel is damaged, a bit more of it must be removed before we can place a crown. Generally speaking, we must remove about 2 millimeters of tooth structure to place a crown. Once the crown is placed, the tooth will always require a crown, as this is an irreversible procedure. However, the good news is that a crown not only mimics the look and feel of a natural tooth, but it is also the optimal long-term solution. On average, a crown last between 5 and 15 years and requires no special maintenance. In fact, you should treat your crown as you do your natural teeth, with a daily cleaning regimen of brushing and flossing and routine dental examinations and cleanings.

To learn more about crowns or other cosmetic procedures, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you. Or to learn more about crowns now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.” And to read the entire interview with Jillian Michaels, please see the article “Jillian Michaels.”

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