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Cavities are the result of the natural bacteria in your mouth exploiting a compromised area of tooth enamel. Without timely detection and treatment, the cavity will continue to grow and affect a larger amount of the tooth enamel. If too much enamel is lost, your dentist might not be able to repair it with a standard filling. In a case like this, she might recommend repairing the problem with a dental crown in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A dental crown is essentially a replica of the outer layer of the tooth that is anchored onto an abutment made from the healthy interior structures of the tooth. The material your dentist recommends for the crown will depend on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its primary function.

Most crowns are made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloy. Molars are called upon to do a lot of work, chewing and grinding tough foods. These teeth often need a durable gold or base metal crown.

For a tooth that is prevalent in your smile, your dentist often recommends a porcelain crown. Since the porcelain can be shaded, it will match all the other teeth in your mouth, giving it the appearance of a completely natural tooth.

If you’ve been procrastinating an untreated cavity, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Holmes Dental at 970-221-2499 to seek timely treatment.