Porcelain crowns used to be made with a metal base. The porcelain was fused over a metal crown, covering it to create the illusion that the crown itself was the color of a real tooth. This created a few different problems. One was that there was still a visible metal “line” around the edge of the crown that could be seen after it was put on the tooth. Another was if the crown was worn or chipped, the dark metal would show through. Thankfully, porcelain materials are now more durable than ever, leaving patients with better options when it comes to improving their oral health.
Metal free porcelain crowns are made completely of durable, high-grade porcelain or resin materials. This allows the restoration to be placed anywhere in your mouth, especially the front teeth. Margins of the crown blend in with the underlying tooth because of the customized shade matching process. Not only does this eliminate the metal line that is visible near the gumlines, it also minimizes the margin of the porcelain against the tooth itself, making the crown easier to keep clean.
In the past, porcelain wasn’t recommended on back teeth because it wasn’t regarded as durable. With the changes we have made in these materials, high-grade porcelain crowns are appropriate for use anywhere in the mouth. That way when you smile or talk in public, no one will realize that you’ve had dental work. Even if the crown were to have some wear over time, you would never have to worry about an underlying metal layer being exposed.
The next time your dentist tells you that you need a crown, ask about a porcelain alternative!
Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
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