Implants & Crowns

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium post surgically placed in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots. As the area heals, the implant becomes integrated with the natural bone, and can provide a lifetime of support for dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. When a patient loses a tooth, the surrounding bone tissue will atrophy over time. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can stop this bone loss.

Lifetime of Support for Restorations

Drs. Carl and Cody Friddle can coordinate dental implants treatment at our Fort Smith, AR-area practice to help patients rebuild their smiles. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots and support crowns, bridges, and dentures. We work with the best oral surgeons in the area, and provide restorations made from durable, natural-looking materials to help patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. To learn more about our approach to dental implants, contact Friddle Dentistry today.

About Dental Implants

Placing dental implants usually requires two surgeries: one to place the implants, and another to connect abutment pieces that will attach to your restorations. In the four to six months between these surgeries, the implants will fuse with the bone to create the ultimate anchor for restorations. We work with an outstanding lab to provide beautifully crafted restorations that will blend with your smile. We can also provide a temporary restoration to wear while you wait. When the implants have fully integrated with the bone, you will return to our office to have your restoration secured in place.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer patients with missing teeth unparalleled aesthetic, functional, and oral health benefits. Implant-supported restorations will not slip or fall out of place. Patients can continue to eat all the tough, crunchy, and sticky foods they love. Additionally, your implant-supported restoration will sit right against your gum line, so it will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is an overall improvement in oral health. After a patient experiences tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to atrophy and shrink. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can stop this bone loss. Simply put, dental implants are the very best way to replace missing teeth, and with proper care, they can provide you with incredible support, confidence, and comfort for the rest of your life.

Types of Implant-supported Restorations

Implants can support several types of restorations. When a patient is only missing one tooth, we can use an implant-supported crown to restore the smile. If you are missing several consecutive teeth, we may recommend an implant-supported bridge. Those with more extensive tooth loss can benefit from an implant-supported partial or complete denture. We can often restore smiles using the advanced All-on-4® method, which can support a full denture with only four implants. During a personal consultation, Dr. Carl or Cody Friddle can review your unique situation to identify the best restorative solution to meet your needs.

If you are missing teeth, implants are the best method to restore the beauty and function of your smile. We will refer you to an outstanding oral surgeon who can place your implants, and once you have healed, you can depend on us to provide a beautiful restoration. To learn more about the unique advantages of dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today.

Dental Crowns

At Friddle Dentistry, we offer beautiful dental crowns to help restore your teeth following treatment for decay or trauma. A crown is a custom restoration that completely covers the surface of a damaged tooth. Your crown will be created at an advanced laboratory according to detailed impressions of your teeth, using advanced materials like zirconia, porcelain, or e.max® glass-ceramic to achieve a natural look.

Restore Your Smile

At Friddle Dentistry, we offer both traditional and implant-supported dental crowns to restore individual teeth that have been severely damaged or lost. Our crowns are made at an exceptional dental lab, and they are crafted from durable and lifelike materials. Dr. Cody or Carl Friddle can review your candidacy for dental crowns during a consultation at our Fort Smith, AR, office. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of this restorative treatment.

Traditional and Implant-supported Crowns

Crowns can restore either a damaged tooth or a dental implant. A traditional crown is an effective restorative solution for teeth that have been treated for extensive decay or trauma. It can restore the ability to chew, achieve proper balance between the jaws, and provide a natural appearance.

Meanwhile, we can coordinate placement of an implant-supported crown if you have lost a tooth. A dental implant is a small metal post that is surgically placed in the jaw. We refer patients to the area’s best oral surgeons, who will perform the two surgical procedures dental implants typically require. As the post heals, it will fuse with the surrounding bone to replace the lost tooth root. The implant provides an outstanding anchor for a crown, and stops the bone atrophy that naturally occurs after tooth loss. Once an implant has healed, we can attach a beautiful permanent crown to restore the look and function of your smile.

Crown Fabrication and Placement

In preparation for a traditional crown, the doctor will reshape the damaged tooth to create a suitable bonding surface. Next, he will take an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth, and this impression will guide technicians at our offsite laboratory. They will match the restoration to the shade of your natural teeth to help it blend with your smile. It typically takes about three weeks to create a custom crown. During this time, we can supply a temporary restoration to allow you to chew and speak properly. Once the crown is finished, you will return to our office to have it placed. The end result is a smile with renewed strength and aesthetic appeal.

In some cases, we can provide same-day crowns using our in-house CEREC® technology, but we generally encourage patients to choose lab-crafted crowns.

Advanced, Durable Materials

In the past, crowns were made of metal or gold. However, these materials do not provide a natural appearance. Furthermore, many patients have metal allergies. Fortunately, modern advances in dentistry allow patients to receive crowns made of stronger and more lifelike materials, such as dental-grade porcelain, zirconia, and e.max® glass-ceramic. These state-of-the-art materials mimic the look and sheen of natural teeth, and they can be colored to match a range of different shades. When you receive a crown from Friddle Dentistry, you can expect to experience renewed comfort and confidence in your smile.

Friddle Dentistry is proud to offer custom dental crowns made of premium materials. During a personal consultation, your dentist will help you select a crown to best meet your needs. To learn more about dental crowns, please schedule an appointment today.