At our dental office, Dr. Chris Lindsey typically uses a dental crown to restore or replace the tooth enamel layer of a compromised tooth. While this is often treatment for tooth decay, crowns can also be used to address a dental fracture, a large chip or even tooth discoloration.
In most of these cases, the material your dentist recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth.
Molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are called upon to do a lot of chewing and grinding of foods. These workhorse teeth often need a durable material such as gold or a base metal alloy.
To restore a tooth that is prevalent in your smile, he will often recommend a porcelain dental crown. If you need to restore an incisor or visible premolar at the edge of your smile, your dentist might recommend using a porcelain crown fused to a strong metal core. The metal core can then provide the added strength to bite into tougher foods.
The porcelain material can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding natural teeth. This will help it resist future stains, making it easy to maintain the tooth’s white appearance.
If you live in the Palo Alto, California, area and you have a tooth that needs restoration, you should call 650-327-3770 to schedule an appointment.