What a Crown is Made from Depends on Function and Appearance in Your Smile

Your new crown will effectively replace the enamel layer of tooth that was damaged or suffered from severe tooth decay. The tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile will determine what material Jacob Shrayman, DDS recommends for the crown.

Base metal, and gold alloy crowns are very strong, and durable. This makes them a good choice for a crown on a molar and premolars. However, they are usually a poor choice for a tooth that is clearly visible in your smile.

Porcelain and porcelain-fused to metal crowns can be shaded to color match your existing natural teeth. This makes them more appropriate for teeth that are appear dominantly in your smile. Since the porcelain material can be shaded to match the color of the natural enamel on your existing teeth, no one will be able to tell that the tooth is a crown.

Even though your new crown will not be susceptible to further tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine. Food particles and plaque can build up near the gum line on the crown and harden into tartar. This greatly increases your chances of developing gum disease. In time it could compromise the cement anchoring the crown to the abutment.

If you have questions about the type of material that is best for your upcoming crown procedure, please feel free to call Jacob Shrayman, DDS at (973) 791-4104 to schedule an appointment.

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