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. In the past, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns were the only restoration strong enough to withstand the pressures of chewing. These crowns were regularly used to restore back and front teeth alike. Recent advances in bonding techniques and technology now make it possible to restore teeth with pure porcelain. The results are beautiful.
As you can see from the photo at left, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have several drawbacks. The gumline may look normal when the crowns are first placed. However, over time the gums recede to reveal the black gumline that is characteristic of this type of restoration. And because the porcelain covers a dark metal surface, it has to be thick, flat, and opaque, without any of the beauty of natural teeth.
In comparison, all-porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth with their variations in color, translucency, and sparkle. In fact, it can be impossible to distinguish porcelain crowns created and placed by a qualified cosmetic dentist from real teeth. The photo to the right shows the same patient with all-porcelain crowns that have replaced her original crowns.
Dental schools teach the preparation and cementing techniques used to place porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Therefore, most dentists feel comfortable using those techniques. However, aesthetically inclined dentists pursue post-graduate training to acquire advanced bonding techniques. Dr. Price wants to provide her patients with a beautiful outcome, so she has earned advanced training by seeking out and attending continuing education courses.
It will be helpful to consider that all-porcelain crowns cost more than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. In some situations, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns will provide much-needed additional strength. Such is the case with back molars, where the pressures of chewing are at their highest. Additional crown options include Zirconia.
Call us 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. We’ll be happy to help you find a good time to have a brief complimentary consultation or full exam with Dr. Price.