A crown can be called for to play any number of roles in restoring a badly decayed or damaged tooth. At the same time, crowns can also be used in cosmetic dentistry to restore a tooth, which has become unappealing due to visible fillings, chips, or deeply stained enamel.
A crown can be made from a variety of different materials. The material Dr. Timothy Dinkelman recommends will include several factors, including the tooth’s location, primary function and its appearance in your smile.
Gold alloy and base metal crowns are known for being very durable. This makes them a good choice for molars and some premolars, as they are often called upon to chew and grind tough foods.
In a cosmetic dentistry application, Dr. Timothy Dinkelman will usually recommend a porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crown to restore a tooth in your smile. The porcelain material can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth, making it appear as if it was one of your natural teeth. This type of crown might also be called for to help augment a dental veneer application, where one of the teeth in your smile lacks sufficient enamel to anchor a crown.
If you have a tooth in need of repair or cosmetic restoration, you should call Dr. Timothy Dinkelman’s office in Lincoln, Nebraska at 402-477-1177 to explore your restoration options.