Capping Teeth for Complete Restoration
While dental crowns may not be the most frequently performed dentistry treatments, they’re among the oldest forms of dental restoration. Designed to mimic the entire top portion (crown) of a tooth, a dental crown completely covers, or caps, the tooth being restored. This helps stop any further damage from occurring while also restoring the tooth’s proper function. For optimal results and precision, we can create a full crown that completely caps your tooth, or a partial crown that restores only the damaged part of it.
Designing the right dental crown
A traditional dental crown, or full dental crown, is one that is designed to completely cover your tooth. The full restoration is often recommended for cases where much or most of a tooth’s structure has been compromised, such as cracked or broken teeth. A partial crown is designed to protect and restore a tooth, but to do so in a way that preserves more of its healthy, natural structure. Partial crowns, also known as inlays and onlays, offer more precise restoration and don’t require the preparation of your tooth’s entire crown.
Choosing the right material
A partial or full dental crown is not only designed according to your specific needs, but can also be crafted from a variety of materials for optimal cosmetic and functional results. For example, crowns can be crafted from:
- Dental porcelain – Porcelain is one of the most cosmetically pleasing dental materials, and can be customized to match virtually every aspect of your tooth’s healthy, natural appearance. Because of this, porcelain dental crowns are often recommended for restoring teeth that are more visible in your smile.
- Metal – Metal crowns aren’t as frequently utilized as they were before dental porcelain came along. However, they can still be preferable for a number of different reasons. For example, metal crowns can often take the most intense of your bite’s pressure without moving or changing space.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal – To combine the durability with metal and visual appeal of porcelain, we can also design a porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM, dental crown. The metal base of the crown ensures an optimal, durable restoration, while its outer porcelain finish helps ensure highly lifelike results.
Find the crown that fits you best
By designing a partial or full dental crown, we can ensure that your tooth restoration not only fixes your tooth, but also strengthens its healthy, natural structure. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, at 816-942-7669. We proudly serve patients and families who live in South Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and all nearby communities.