If a dentist has ever repaired a weak, damaged, or cracked tooth for you, you may have a porcelain crown that is fused to a metal base. These porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns used to be the only restoration strong enough to stand up to the pressures of chewing and were regularly used to restore back and front teeth alike. New bonding techniques and technology has recently made it possible to restore teeth with pure porcelain, and the results are beautiful.
Comparing Porcelain Crowns
As you can see from the photo at left, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have several obvious drawbacks. To begin with, even though the gumline may look normal when they are first placed, over time the gums recede to reveal the black gumline that is characteristic of these types of restorations. And because the porcelain covers a dark metal surface, they have to be thick, flat, and opaque, without any of the beauty of natural teeth.
In comparison, all-porcelain crowns give the appearance of natural teeth, with their variations in color, translucency, and sparkle. In fact it can be impossible to distinguish porcelain crowns from real teeth when they are created and placed by a qualified cosmetic dentist. You can see the same patient here to the right with the all-porcelain crowns that have replaced her original crowns.
More Training and Expertise Needed
The preparation and cementing techniques used to place porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is taught in dental school, so most dentists are comfortable with using them. Aesthetically inclined dentists who want to provide their patients with a beautiful outcome have to go out and pursue a great deal of post-graduate training to acquire advanced bonding techniques. Dr. Price has earned this training through years of seeking out and attending continuing education courses.
Other Porcelain Crown Considerations
It will be helpful to know that all-porcelain crowns cost more than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, so you can take this into consideration. And there are still times when porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are going to provide much-needed additional strength, especially in back molars, where the pressures of chewing are at their height.
With that in mind, if you would like to explore the possibility of changing your appearance and giving yourself more self confidence with the beauty of all-porcelain crowns, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be happy to help you find a good time to have a brief complimentary consultation or full exam with Dr. Price.