What’s a crown?
A dental crown may be referred to as a cap, because it literally caps a tooth that has been compromised by decay or fracture. Traditionally, crowns are made with precious metal, but metal stands out against a naturally white smile. With modern cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Amanda Foust places all-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns that look completely natural.
Are ceramic crowns right for everyone?
While ceramic can be very strong, it isn’t as strong as metal. On front teeth, those that show when you smile, ceramic crowns work beautifully. The front teeth are used for biting food and don’t incur much pressure. Back teeth, called molars, have the job of crushing food, which is important for proper digestion. Molars must endure intense pressure, so ceramic restorations aren’t advisable. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM), white zirconia, or all-metal crowns are best suited for molars. PFMs or zirconia crowns will allow you to maintain an all-white smile.
Can my metal crowns be replaced with ceramic?
Metal crowns on front teeth can cause embarrassment and reduce self-confidence. Even PFMs can create an unsightly black line at the base of teeth. If you have metal crowns and want to reclaim a natural looking smile, talk with Dr. Foust about replacing your metal dental work with a cosmetic alternative. She can assess your case and advise you on the best course of action for your health and appearance.
Call (515) 965-0230 today to reserve your consultation with Polk City dentist, Dr. Amanda Foust. You deserve a beautiful smile that serves you well throughout life, so call Dental Impressions of Ankeny today!