3 Advantages Of Ceramic Crowns
When your dentist suggests a dental crown, they will often give you your choice of materials for the crown. The options usually are gold, silver, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic crowns. Sometimes your choice simply boils down to your preference or which tooth is receiving the crown. While gold crowns have been around for more than a century, there are also advantages to choosing ceramic crowns. Here are a few of those advantages to consider.
1. Most Natural Looking
Ceramic or porcelain dental crowns offer the most natural-looking crowns. Your dentist can use both materials to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color. The matching ability makes these materials the best choice for visible front teeth.
Ceramic tooth crowns are very strong. Once your dentist installs them, you will not have to worry about them withstanding the daily rigors your teeth go through biting, chewing, drinking, or speaking.
2. Metal Free
Unlike porcelain crowns which dentists sometimes fuse to metal for durability, ceramic crowns are entirely metal free. Being metal free is a huge advantage, especially if you have any metal allergies or sensitivities.
Ceramic crowns contain no toxic materials such as mercury. While some metal crowns release trace amounts of metal into your bloodstream, this is not something to worry about with ceramic crowns.
Ceramic crowns are biocompatible, which means they are fully compatible with the other living tissues in your mouth. They will not react to or produce toxins when exposed to your natural body fluids or the foods you eat.
3. Futuristic Design Adaptability
Dentists are doing new work with ceramic tooth crowns using a new CAD/CAM process. Using improved imaging, digitized data points, and computer-projected mapping and design, you can receive same-day tooth crowns in some offices. These same-day designs and others are created using press-ceramic or computer-milled restorations.
Using these new systems and techniques, your dentist can create some of the most highly accurate dental restorations. These techniques not only lend themselves to dental crowns but can also be found in:
- Partial dentures.
Ceramic materials are very versatile and lend themselves to these new design techniques. Companies now market some ceramic tooth crowns as E-Max or Lithium Disilicate Crowns. Constructed from lithium disilicate, these crowns are still ceramic but are lighter and thinner.
No matter which material you choose, your dentist can walk you through all of the materials' advantages and disadvantages. For more information on ceramic crowns, contact a professional near you.