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A dental crown in Key West, Florida, essentially replaces the enamel layer of a tooth. There are several different reasons why your dentist, Dr. Sandy Pape, might recommend restoring a tooth with a crown. Crowns are most commonly used to address large areas of tooth decay when there is not enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a filling.

A crown might also be used to restore a tooth that has been chipped or fractured. Without repair, the damaged tooth enamel could quickly harbor bacteria and cause a severe cavity.

If you have a tooth that has imperfections, like chips, stains or past dental work, it can often be restored with a porcelain crown.

The specific material that your dentist recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its appearance in your smile.

A crown made from base metals and gold alloys are very durable, making them a good choice for premolars and molars. If a premolar happens to be visible in your smile, then your dentist might recommend fitting it with a porcelain crown that is fused to a strong metal core.

If you have one or more teeth that need restoration, you should call Isle Smile at 305-293-1660 to explore your treatment options.