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A crown is used to cover or "cap" a tooth that is damaged from a large cavity or fracture. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. Crowns are placed on top of implants where teeth were lost. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, and acrylic. Full Gold may be recommended on 2nd molars or in severe wear cases.
Custom ceramics is of utmost importance to us, especially in the smile zone to match existing tooth color or contours and give a life-like appearance and the desired fit. As expected, the cost of custom ceramics is higher than basic standard crowns. Please visit our Smile Gallery to see the difference between average commercial crowns and our custom-made ceramic crowns.
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