Patients with a significantly damaged tooth can maintain the appearance and function of their smile with a dental crown at our Kansas City, MO, practice. Crafted from high-quality dental materials, these custom-made restorations fit over the whole tooth structure, providing strength and reinforcement. Crowns are versatile and can be used in a number of restorative or cosmetic procedures. Dr. John Goodman has two decades of experience restoring patient’s smiles with dental crowns.
Traditional Dental Crowns vs. Implants
At our practice, we offer both traditional dental crowns and implant-supported crowns. Both can be fabricated from a wide range of materials, including metal, ceramic, zirconia, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). Although they are similar in form, these two types of restorations have some notable differences:
- Traditional dental crown: Used in dentistry for several decades, a traditional crown is supported by a natural tooth. In order to ensure a proper fit, the tooth must be slightly altered, or filed down.
- Implant-supported crown: Rather than fitting over a natural tooth, an implant-supported crown restores a dental implant. Dental implants are small titanium posts intended to replace the roots of missing teeth. Currently, implants boast the highest success rate of any other teeth replacement method.
Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
Crowns serve many purposes in dentistry and can be used to correct a variety of issues. Dr. Goodman may recommend a dental crown if you have:
- Moderate to severe decay
- A fractured, chipped, or broken tooth
- A misshapen tooth
- Difficulty chewing food comfortably
- Tooth erosion from bruxism (teeth grinding)
- A misaligned bite
- A weakened tooth
- Intrinsic discoloration that does not respond to teeth whitening
- Recently undergone root canal therapy
- Had a dental implant placed