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John P. Goodman DDS

Enhance and Protect Your Smile with Custom Dental Crowns

before and after dental crownsPatients 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. 

Once your final crown is in place, you can enjoy the benefits immediately.

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

The Treatment Process

Treatment with a traditional crown typically requires two visits.

Your Crown Treatment Timeline

Patients considering a traditional dental crown at our practice can typically complete treatment in two office visits. The treatment process includes:

  • Initial consultation: During your first visit with Dr. Goodman, he will perform a thorough assessment of your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and bite. The affected tooth will be examined, and x-rays will be taken to determine the extent of damage.
  • Preparing the tooth: If a crown is recommended, Dr. Goodman will start the process by prepping the tooth. This process involves removing small amounts of enamel so that the tooth can serve as an anchor for your restoration. 
  • Impressions: Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Goodman will take impressions of your teeth. These molds will be sent to a dental lab for the fabrication of your new restoration.
  • Fabrication: At the dental laboratory, a skilled technician will begin the process of crafting your crown.
  • Temporary crown: Because the fabrication process typically takes one to two weeks, Dr. Goodman will place a temporary restoration in the meantime.
  • Placement of final restoration: Once your case arrives from the lab, Dr. Goodman will remove the temporary restoration and bond the final crown into place using a permanent, high-quality dental cement.

If you are receiving an implant-supported crown, your treatment timeline will look a bit different. During your initial consultation, Dr. Goodman can tell you what to expect during the process. 

Results and Benefits

Once your final crown is in place, you can enjoy the benefits immediately. For example, a dental crown can:

  • Protect your tooth and preserve your oral health
  • Enhance the appearance of your smile
  • Improve your ability to eat comfortably

Because dental crowns are made from resilient materials, they typically last a long time. On average, a crown will last approximately 15 to 20 years. However, with proper maintenance, these restorations can last even longer. 

Learn More about Dental Crowns

To explore your treatment options, schedule a visit with Dr. Goodman. You can call our practice at (816) 842-8585 or contact us online anytime.    

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2700 Clay Edwards Dr
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Kansas City, MO 64116

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