Here at Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD, your dentist, Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith, often uses a crown to restore a tooth with significantly compromised tooth enamel. In many cases, this is a result of untreated tooth decay problems. However, crowns are also used to repair chipped or fractured teeth to prevent future decay from setting in. In other instances, a crown might be needed to cosmetically restore the appearance of an unappealing tooth. The specific material your dentist recommends will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function and its prevalence in your smile.
To restore a tooth in your smile, your dentist might recommend installing a porcelain dental crown in Boise, Idaho. Porcelain can be shaded to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth. This allows the crown to be nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. This makes it very appealing for many cosmetic dental treatments.
If the tooth is visible in your smile but it tends to do a lot of chewing, then your dentist might recommend using a special porcelain crown fused to a metal core. This will give the tooth the added strength needed for biting and chewing hard foods.
Molars and premolars are used to do a lot of chewing and grinding of tough and crunchy foods. This makes durable gold alloy and base metal alloy crowns a good choice for these teeth. Since gold and base metals are noticeably different from your natural tooth enamel, it makes them a poor choice for restoring a tooth in your smile.
If you have a tooth that is in need of restoration, you should call 208-343-4986 to schedule an appointment at Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD.