Have you been putting off an inevitable dental visit, because you’re worried you’ll have to go home with a shiny metal crown? While it’s true, for many years dentists relied primarily on metal to create protective crowns, modern dentistry provides a beautiful and strong alternative, in the form of porcelain crowns. Not only do these look more natural, they can provide excellent restorative results. So, stop delaying restorative treatment that could help save your smile, and instead talk to your dentist about the many benefits of porcelain crowns.
Why and When Porcelain Is a Great Alternative to Metal
Porcelain is an esthetically pleasing alternative to metal, because it can be made to closely match your other teeth, from their size and shape to the exact shade of your teeth. This allows dentists to provide you with nearly seamless restorative treatment, so that most people won’t even recognize you have had dental work completed.
Secondly, porcelain is very strong, durable and stain-resistant. This enables patients to chew and speak confidently, as well as to care for the dental work as they do their normal teeth (so long as they do not use overly abrasive toothpastes).
Finally, for patients with metal allergies or those that are pregnant and concerned about the use of metal in some dental procedures, porcelain makes a great, safe alternative. This is a wonderful way for patients who may have needed to avoid metal dental work, to finally get the care they need without concern about any possible side effects of the use of metal.
If the tooth in need of a crown is in the back, and you are not allergic to metal, the restorative dentist may recommend either a gold crown or a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, which offers the strength of gold with all the same cosmetic benefits of porcelain!