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Crown restorations are typically performed Lee F. Peterson DDS’s Hanford California dental practice to replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been damaged or suffers from a large cavity. This will effectively restore the outer layer of the tooth with an alternate material. Dr. Lee F. Peterson will assess the tooth’s location and primary function in your mouth to determine the ideal material for your final crown.

A tooth that is visible in your smile will likely need a porcelain crown. This special 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 in conjunction with dental veneers. This is more common for a tooth needing cosmetic restoration yet lacks sufficient enamel to anchor a veneer.

If a premolar is visible at the edge of your smile or needs reinforcement, Dr. Lee F. Peterson might recommend fusing a metal core inside the porcelain material. This will give the tooth the added integrity to bite down hard or assist in the work of chewing and grinding with your molars.

Crowns made from gold alloy or base metals aren’t typically thought of as appealing for restoring a tooth in your smile. However, they are very durable, making them a good choice for molar in the back of your mouth.

If you live in the Hanford, California area and you have a tooth in need of restoration, please call 559-584-8129 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Lee F. Peterson’s dental office. We look forward to helping you with all of your smile needs!