Why choose the natural look over a traditional combination crown?
More and more patients are going for a full porcelain or ceramic restoration for two very important reasons.
Really, no one has to know that you have a crown at all. This is especially important if you want to hide a damaged front tooth.
Even the combination porcelain-and-metal crowns can pose a problem. When gums recede, the metal line of the inner layer is visible. Avoid this altogether by choosing a solid porcelain crown instead of one with a metal base. If your gums recede, you won’t have to worry about a “grey line” showing.
A metal layer in your crown will block out a large area in an x-ray. Lighter materials such as porcelain or ceramic allow more x-ray energy to pass through them and generate a clearer image.
It’s possible that some crowned teeth can become reinfected with decay. Dental x-rays reveal such developments. But if you have a metal crown, you might not see a cavity until it’s too late. A more x-ray-friendly material like a ceramic gives you an idea early of what’s going on with your tooth.
Your dentist is your best source for finding out what kind of crown is right for you. Individual needs and the longevity of the crown material used will both factor into the decision. Different types of crown have different advantages.
In any case, don’t wait too long to crown a tooth that needs it! Schedule a checkup with your dentist to keep your smile strong.
Posted on behalf of:
Columbia Dental Center
915 N Main St #2
Columbia, IL 62236
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