Dental crowns have several uses in both general and cosmetic dentistry. The primary purpose of a dental crown is to completely cover a tooth damaged by decay, but crowns can also be used as support for dental bridges, and as an artificial tooth for dental implants.
Kansas City dentist Dr. Thomas Barton offers both all-porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. He has found that a majority of patients can benefit from all-porcelain, but depending on your unique needs, he may recommend PFM or metal crowns instead. This is best determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Barton.
The Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
All crowns can be used to protect and strengthen a tooth impacted by decay. Dental crowns can be used on teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken, and they are often necessary to restore functionality and reduce the potential for additional problems down the road.
The use of all-porcelain crowns has some clear benefits over PFM and metal crowns. Some of these benefits include:
- Porcelain crowns look and feel like your natural teeth
- Porcelain crowns are easy to care for
- Porcelain crowns are strong, resistant to temperature changes, and less damaging to your natural teeth
- Porcelain crowns can last for upwards of 20 years
The dental crowns used in both all-porcelain and PFM restorations at our office are expertly made by our dental lab partners, Creative Dental Arts in Raytown, Missouri and Dental Arts Lab in Peoria, Illinois. In this way, your crown can be colored, sized, and shaped to perfectly match your adjacent teeth, providing a seamless, beautiful smile.
Whether used for general dentistry purposes, or as a part of a cosmetic procedure such as a smile makeover, Dr. Barton will customize your crown to provide you with a natural-looking, functionally superior smile.
Please contact us today to schedule your initial dental evaluation. Dr. Thomas Barton serves patients in Gladstone and Kansas City, Missouri.