October 13, 2020
Do you have one or more metal crown? These shiny traditional restorations used to be the only option for repairing weakened or damaged teeth. However, while they’re known for being reliably durable, they leave a noticeable silver tooth among your pearly whites that can leave you embarrassed to smile or laugh. As if that weren’t enough, metal crowns can negatively influence your oral health in a variety of ways. Here are five reasons to consider replacing a metal crown with a new ceramic or porcelain restoration!
1.) Metal Crowns Can Make You Look Old
Thanks to modern dental technology and materials, most dental crowns are now made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Showing off a classic metal crown in your smile can send a message that you’re older than you appear. On the other hand, ceramic or porcelain crowns can be shaded to mimic the color of your natural teeth so they’re practically indistinguishable from the rest of your smile!
2.) They Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity
A metal crown conducts temperatures very well, which is bad news for the sensitive tooth underneath it. When you eat or drink something very cold or hot, a metal crown will transfer that temperature down directly to the tooth underneath, which can be very uncomfortable! Porcelain and ceramic don’t react to temperatures nearly as much, so they won’t cause tooth sensitivity when you enjoy your favorite meals and beverages!
3.) Metal Crowns Can Make You Sick
According to recent estimates, about 10-15% of the American population suffers from metal hypersensitivity. Since some metal crowns contain nickel, they can cause a severe allergic reaction for some patients. This can lead to anything from green-colored gums to flu-like symptoms. Modern dental materials are well-known for being biocompatible and safe. They rarely cause allergic reactions, bond very well to natural dental structure, and don’t cause sensitivity.
4.) They Can Interfere with MRIs and X-Rays
Metal crowns can make it more difficult for your dentist or doctor to identify hidden issues. Metal like nickel and gold respond to the magnetic field created by an MRI, which can distort the images taken. Similar, X-rays can’t see through metal crowns, so your dentist won’t be able to see decay, infections, or other issues in the tooth underneath.
5.) Metal Crowns Keep You From Feeling Confident
Do you find yourself hiding your smile in photos or covering your mouth when you laugh? Feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth and how noticeable your metal crown may be can distract you from fully enjoying your life. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, you can smile confidently knowing that your teeth look and feel their best!
If you’re ready to replace your metal crowns, give your Marysville dentist a call today! They’ll help you restore the appearance and health of your pearly whites.
About the Author
Dr. Katie Montgomery has been keeping smiles happy, healthy, and intact for 13 years. She is an active member in organizations like the Ohio Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Additionally, she continues to update her skills regularly by completing continuing education, including seminars from the prestigious Dawson Academy. With state-of-the-art technology and high-quality materials, she strives to provide results that are beautiful, comfortable, and lasting. To contact her, visit her website or call (937) 642-1151.
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