I need advice. I have severe metal allergies. I need a crown on a back tooth and asked to get an all-porcelain crown. My dentist says they’re not strong enough and he needs to place a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. I’ve explained about my allergies, but he doesn’t seem to care. If I’m willing to take the risk of them breaking and needing replacement shouldn’t he do that?
I think I have a solution that will satisfy both you and your dentist. However, I’m going to say right up front I’m not too impressed with your dentist. Allergies are a serious thing and he should have made the effort to find a solution which works for you.
While it is true that all-porcelain crowns aren’t as strong as their metal based counterparts, we now have other options. Zirconia crowns are super strong and are metal-free.
These are nicknamed “ceramic steel” and will serve you just fine on a back tooth.
Finding a Dentist Who Listens
It is important you have a dentist who is willing to listen to your concerns. Even if it was a preference not to have metal and not an allergy, he should have been willing to do some homework and see if there are any other creative options to serve you well.
He may not be willing to do a zirconia crown because they are newer. If you run into that, you can do an internet search for two different types of dentists:
- Metal-free Dentist
- Holistic Dentist
Both of these should be familiar with zirconia crowns. The first, a metal-free dentist, because they don’t place metals in patient’s mouths. The second, a holistic dentist, because they are very careful what substances they place in a patient’s body.
They focus on the whole health of the patient and not just the mouth. If you have an allergy or even just a sensitivity, they’d move heaven and earth to work around those limitations.
You may be better served switching to a dentist who’s willing to do more than just what he’s always done in the past.
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