Dr. Marvin Clothier, DDS 
611 North Broadway Suite B
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

In our office, our focus isn’t only to provide you with the greatest dental care available. One of our goals is to help you have a better dental experience when you come to our office. The resources we offer our patients are meant to help you receive any and all help you need to have a better kind of dental experience. Please view the following information to learn more about how you can prepare for your next visit.

Insurance Information
We accept cash, personal checks and most major credit cards. We are also a CareCredit provider.

Our office files nearly all major insurance plans. Even through dental insurance is a private arrangement between you and your company, we will file your claim, handle all the paperwork, and help you maximize your insurance benefits.

Be sure to check our website in the future for further resources!

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.


A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.