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Tooth enamel can be discolored by dental stains. However, there are other times when genetic or environmental factors can cause a single tooth to develop in a noticeably different shade from the surrounding teeth.

If you have a cosmetically unappealing smile, you should consider scheduling a consultation appointment with a dentist like Dr. Donald Hermansen. After assessing the nature and severity of the problem, he can help you understand the best option for cosmetically restoring the tooth’s appearance.

In a case like this Dr. Donald Hermansen might recommend the tooth’s enamel layer with porcelain dental crown. The special dental grade porcelain material can be shaded to appear like natural white tooth enamel.

This two-stage dental restoration starts with Dr. Donald Hermansen removing the natural tooth enamel. This leaves behind the dentin core of the tooth which will serve as an abutment that will anchor the porcelain dental crown.

An impression will be made of the area to guide the technicians at an offsite dental lab in the creation of your new porcelain dental crown.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule the second appointment when the dental crown is ready. Dr. Donald Hermansen will then complete the restoration by cementing the dental crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Redwood City, California, and one of your teeth needs cosmetic restoration, you should call 650-716-2500 to set up a consultation with Donald R. Hermansen DDS.