The most common non-metal crowns are made of porcelain or ceramic, and they offer a wide range of benefits. Here are a few:
Many industries outsource components of their trade to other countries. The same is true for dentistry, and in some cases, this has led to traces of lead found in metal crowns. When you choose non-metal dental crowns, you can take this worry off your mind altogether.
- Reduced tooth sensitivity
Metal crowns can cause pain and tooth sensitivity with hot food and drinks. Non-metal crowns won’t conduct the heat down into your tooth in this way, so you can enjoy your food without tooth sensitivity.
Porcelain and ceramic dental crowns look like natural teeth, so they blend more seamlessly with your other teeth, making them harder to spot than metal crowns. So you can relax knowing people are looking at your smile, not your crowns.
Metal crowns interfere with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is used to look inside at your soft tissue. The metal crowns distort the pictures, and in some cases, the problem requires removal of the crowns. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but with porcelain or ceramic crowns, you’ll never have to worry about your metal crowns interfering with an MRI procedure.
- No problems with dental implants
Dental implants involve the use of a titanium post inserted into the jawbone. It’s strong, safe, and biocompatible, and unlike other metals, it doesn’t interfere with the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). But when other metals are introduced, the conditions in the mouth can lead to the corrosion of the implants. With dental implants, non-metal crowns are always a better option.
If you already have permanent metal dental crowns but you’d like to have them replaced with non-metal crowns, it’s a good choice that can help give you a sense of relief. The steps for upgrading your metal crowns for non-metal crowns include:
- Local anesthesia is administered to minimize discomfort
- An adhesive is used on the permanent crowns to weaken the cement
- The teeth are cleaned out
- An impression is taken
- Temporary crowns are put in place
- The new crowns are fabricated (this can take weeks)
- A second appointment is scheduled for the new crowns to be cemented in place
If you’re interested in replacing your crowns with non-metal crowns, Dr. Salami can help.