How We Use Crowns To Repair Smiles

kahoka dental crownsWhen a filling isn’t enough to repair a tooth and tackle your oral health concern, then your Kahoka, MO, dentist may suggest a dental crown. Created for durable and lifelike materials, we use full and partial options to not repair teeth, but improve overall esthetics too. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about our different options, and how they improve your oral health.

Inlays and Onlays

A partial crown is often recommended for issues too severe for a filling, but not serious enough to require a full dental restoration. For example, a more advanced case of tooth decay! The inlay fits in between the cusps on top of the teeth, while the onlay fits over these cusps. Each is made from lifelike ceramic, and is custom-made to fit comfortably on or in your tooth, while preserving your bite balance. To create them, we administer anesthesia and then remove decay and structure to make room for the restoration. Next, we take detailed images with digital technology, which we use in a dental lab setting to design and craft the finished product. We then attach them with a powerful bonding agent!

Dental Crowns

A full crown covers everything above the gum line, the entire visible portion of each tooth. To create them, we first provide anesthesia before we remove structure from the tooth. Next, we take digital images with advanced technology, which we combine to create a 3D model. In a dental lab, we use the information to design and fabricate the finished product. You then return for a second visit. We check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and then attach them with a powerful bonding agent.

Improvements for Your Smile

We could use both partials and fulls to address very minor damage, or tooth decay. With full crowns however, we address a wide array of cosmetic and restorative issues. For example, we can treat advanced decay, and also complete a root canal to treat infections or abscesses. Placement could address chips, cracks or major breakage, and also lengthen teeth worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). We also reshape malformed teeth to address egeh8c issues too. If you have missing teeth, our team may use restorations to secure a fixed dental bridge, or to restore a single tooth dental implant.

If you have any questions about how we treat teeth with a custom-made dental restoration, then contact our team today.


A dental restoration could return smiles to optimal health, function, and beauty. To learn more about treating cavities and damaged teeth, then please contact your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental today. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team.