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A dental crown is commonly used to treat, repair, or cosmetically restore an affected tooth. The material that your dentist, Dr. Kevin Caldwell, recommends for the crown will depend on its primary location in your mouth and its appearance in your smile.

Porcelain crowns are often called for to restore a tooth that is prevalent in your smile. If you have a premolar or incisor that is visible at the edge of your smile, the dentist might recommend using a special porcelain crown fused to a metal core. The porcelain can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding natural teeth. The metal core can then provide the added strength to bite and chew tougher foods.

Molars and premolars are called upon to do a lot of chewing and grinding of tough and crunchy foods. This calls for durable materials that can handle the workload without fear of chips. 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 in need of repair or restoration with a dental crown in Webb City, Missouri, you should call 417.673.1988 to schedule an appointment at Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC.