Creating Lifelike Porcelain Crowns

kahoka crownsWhen you have a case of tooth decay, or a tooth that is cracked or chipped, then we could offer restoration with a dental crown. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist explains how we craft and place a crown, and the materials we use to ensure it looks natural. We’re also looking at when you may benefit from one.

When a Tooth Needs a Crown

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of each tooth, making it a great choice to address major restorative and cosmetic concerns. For example, treating decay too severe for a filling, or completing a root canal procedure for an infected tooth. We could also repair cracked or chipped teeth, reshape malformed teeth, or lengthen the teeth worn down by bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). We could also help close gaps between teeth, address permanent discoloration, or for those with missing teeth, secure a bridge or restore a single tooth dental implant. As you can see, they address a wide array of serious oral health concerns!

Creating Them from Porcelain

When possible, we prefer to opt for a more lifelike option. Porcelain is not only very strong and durable, but can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile. The material is translucent like natural tooth enamel, and contains stain-resistant properties as well. To create them, we begin by administering a local anesthetic, and then removing structure from the tooth receiving treatment. Next, we take detailed images and measurements with digital technology, using them to design the new crown in a lab setting. Next, we will place your completed restoration!


We check the fit and if needed, make final adjustments to your tooth. Next, we attach them with a powerful bonding agent. The restoration could then stay in a place for years to come, possibly decades, with proper care and attention. These same steps also help secure and protect your natural teeth too! You should brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, for two minutes each time. You also need to floss every evening, and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit. Seeing us now means you can use those leftover 2021 dental insurance benefits, or any of your remaining health savings funds, before they expire in December. You also don’t have to find time in your schedule once the hectic holiday season begins.

If you have any questions about how we design and place a custom-made and natural-looking dental crown, then contact our team today.


Lifelike treatment to address decay or damage is possible. To find out more about the process of repairing and restoring a smile, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, by calling 660-727-4746.