There are many reasons to place a crown. Sometimes a tooth is damaged from an injury, or a filling might fail, leaving the tooth in very bad shape. Sometimes we use crowns simply as a cosmetic correction. Crowns are very important in the dental world, and there are three main types: all-metal, porcelain, and porcelain fused with metal. Each has advantages. For years, dentists have been using porcelain fused with metal, but there are significant problems with this method. Take a look below.
The Unnatural Look – A metal and porcelain fused crown is supposed to have the strength of a metal and the look of porcelain. The problem is that the look isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Often the tooth lacks the bright color or a natural tooth because of the dark metal below the white surface. Beyond that, the dark metal shows at the bottom of the crown where it meets the gum line creating a dark line in your gums.
Metal Allergies – Allergies to metal are becoming more and more prevalent. This poses a problem for dentists who only offer metal options. If you have an allergy to the metal in your crown, what are you supposed to do? Go without?
Metal-Free Crowns – Due to an increased strength of crown materials, we are not able to offer metal-free crowns for any part of your smile. This crown will look natural and is strong enough to withstand the toughest chewing! Plus, there’s no need to worry about an allergic reaction!
Having a metal-free crown might not sound like a necessity, but believe us when we tell you that there are definite perks to this type of restoration. Contact us today to set up an appointment where you can learn more about metal-free crowns. We would love to discuss your options with you very soon!