A crown effectively replaces the enamel layer of one of your teeth with an artificial material that is not subject to the ravages of tooth decay. The material that Dr. Joe Rigg recommends for your dental crown in Aberdeen, South Dakota, will vary based on the tooth’s location in your mouth, its primary function, and its prevalence in your smile.
Molars and premolars have to do a lot of work chewing and grinding the hard and crunchy foods you eat. This makes base metal crowns a good choice for these teeth. These materials are very strong and durable. However, base metals are noticeably different from your natural tooth enamel, making them a poor choice to restore a tooth that is prevalent in your smile.
Porcelain can be shaded to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth. This allows them to be nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. For some teeth, Dr. Joe Rigg might recommend a special porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. This crown is essentially a base metal core surrounded by a sheath of color matched porcelain.
If you have a tooth that needs restoration due to advanced tooth decay or cosmetic issues, feel free to call our office at 605-225-2050 to set up a consultation time with our dentist.