The Primary Function and Location in Your Smile Determines Crown Material

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A crown replaces the enamel layer of a tooth that has been damaged, fractured or suffered a severe amount of decay. The tooth’s primary function and its prevalence in your smile will influence the material your dentist will recommend that the crown be made from.

Crowns on molars and premolars in the back of your teeth, that are not visible in your smile are often made from gold alloys or base metals. These materials are very durable and handle the wear and tear involved in chewing and grinding food.

For teeth that are visible in your smile the dentist will often recommend using Porcelain-ceramic, or porcelain-fused to metal crowns. These materials can be color matched to the shade of the natural enamel of your existing teeth.

Even though these materials are not prone to tooth decay, they will still need to be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Tartar build up near gum line can cause gum disease, which could compromise the root of the abutment that anchors your crown into your mouth. 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 upcoming crown procedure, please feel free to call us at 541-772-8280 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!