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A crown is designed to effectively restore the enamel layer of a tooth that has been damaged or compromised by advanced tooth decay, fracture or required cosmetic restoration. The specific tooth’s function and appearance in your smile will determine which industry standard material Kaitilin Riley DDS recommends for your new crown.

Molars and premolars are often called upon to do a lot of work chewing and grinding food. Crowns made from base metals or gold alloys are known for being strong and durable, making them ideal for back teeth. Because base metal crowns are dark in color they might not be recommended for premolars that are at all visible in your smile.

Porcelain-ceramic, and porcelain-fused to metal crowns can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding teeth. This makes them ideal for teeth that are appear in your smile.

While crowns made from these materials are not vulnerable to tooth decay, you will still need to include it as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Cleaning away residual food particles and plaque before they have a chance to harden into tartar will go a long way toward preventing the onset of gum disease.

In time chronic problems with gum disease could also compromise the root of the abutment that anchors your crown into your mouth, or weaken the cement that holds it to the abutment. With proper care and maintenance, your new crown can last for several years to come!

If you have questions about the type of material that is best for your new crown you can Kaitilin Riley DDS at 805-238-3880 to schedule an appointment.