Here at Rocky Ridge Dental Associates, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III uses a dental crown to restore a tooth suffering from any number of dental issues. While they are often called upon to treat and restore a tooth suffering from a large cavity or dental fracture, they can also be used as a form of cosmetic restoration. The material Dr. Roy A. Smith, III recommends for a crown will be determined by the tooth’s prevalence in your smile and its intended function in your mouth.
To restore a tooth in your smile, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III might recommend a porcelain dental crown. This material can be shaded to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth. It allows the crown to be nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. This makes the crown very appealing for many cosmetic dentistry applications.
To restore a premolar or incisor that is visible at the periphery of your smile, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III might recommend using a special porcelain crown fused to a metal core. This will give the tooth the added strength needed to bite off tough foods.
The molars in the back of your mouth are often called upon to chew and grind foods, some of which can be rather tough or hard. 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 live in the Vestavia Hills, Alabama, area and you have a tooth in need of treatment or cosmetic restoration, you should call 205-979-8070 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roy A. Smith, III.