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A dental crown in Bakersfield, California, is one of the standard dental applications that your dentist, Dr. James C. Ma, uses to restore the function and appearance of a tooth that was damaged or decayed. The material that he recommends for a crown will be largely influenced by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its appearance in your smile.

To restore a tooth that is visible in your smile, Dr. James C. Ma might recommend installing a porcelain crown. Porcelain can be shaded to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth. This allows the crown to be nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. This makes it a very appealing cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Your dentist might recommend using a special porcelain crown fused to a metal core for the premolars and incisors that are on the edge of your smile. This will give the tooth the added strength needed for biting and chewing hard foods.

Molars and premolars are called upon to do a lot of chewing and grinding. 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 visible in your smile.

If you have a damaged tooth that needs a crown, you should call James C. Ma at 661-324-9709 to schedule an appointment.