Most people pay far more attention to their front teeth and not too much to their back teeth – but this not wise because all your teeth are important, including when you get new ones.

These images show side (bicuspid) and back (molar) crowns.

Like those seen in front teeth gallery, these crowns are also ‘fixed restorations’. Some are made as porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and others are Metal Free (zirconia) – read more in OPEN WIDE- Digital Dentistry, Chapter 10, The Latest Technology.

You can see that all these crowns blend in very well with their neighbours to achieve the ‘chameleon’ effect. Read more in OPEN WIDE-Taking the Shade, Chapter 7, The Hollywood Smile.

Good quality crowns (like those shown here) are very difficult to identify, so arrows point to these. Except for the final two photos – Case 11 shows a ceramic inlay (read more in OPEN WIDE – Alternatives, Chapter 8, What’s in your mouth), and the last photo (Case 12) shows a ‘pontic’. Read more about pontics in OPEN WIDE – The Money Trail, Chapter 4, If you thought that was bad.

Many (if not most) dentists grossly overcharge for pontics; however, you can negotiate with a dentist to protect yourself from being ripped off. Read how to do that in OPEN WIDE – The Art of Negotiation, Chapter 4, The Money Trail.

Seeing and understanding the type of work you’ll get before you buy is the best key to getting both good quality and good value for your money afterwards. The important point is not how many dollars you spend at a dentist, but what you actually get for those dollars. The problem is, most dentists don’t want you to know that.

That’s why good quality work like this, even for back teeth, is what you should always see in your dentist’s photo portfolio, and be seeking from your dental team. If your dentist can’t (or won’t) show you photos before you decide to get your work done…then find a dentist who can!

Those good dentists are out there – and it’s in your best interests to find them, now that you what to look for.

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Case 1 – 2

Case 3 – 4

Case 5 – 6

Case 7 – 8

Case 9 – 10

Case 11 – 12