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Drs. Zhao and Hadiwidjaja typically recommend a dental crown as a treatment restoration for a tooth afflicted with tooth decay, dental fracture or cosmetic imperfections. Installing one at his El Monte, California, clinic typically takes two separate appointments. This is because the final crown will need to be cast from special dental-grade materials at our dentists’ preferred dental lab.

The material that Drs. Zhao and Hadiwidjaja present for the crown will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth as well as its primary purpose.

Porcelain crowns are often used for cosmetic restorations or to restore an affected tooth that is visible in your smile. The porcelain 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 it lacks sufficient enamel to anchor a veneer.

If a premolar is visible at the corner of your smile, our dentist might recommend a porcelain dental crown fused to a metal core. This will give the tooth the added integrity to bite down hard.

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 a molar in the back of your mouth.

If you live in the El Monte, California, area and you have a tooth in need of restoration, you should call 626.579.4274 to schedule an appointment at Sunshine Dental Group.