I really want a non-metal crown for my back teeth. However, I do know that they’re not strong enough. I’m very picky about my appearance and I don’t apologize for that. I have a very wide smile and everything shows. I don’t want a cloudy metal-based crown. What are my options if the porcelain ones don’t work?
Never apologize for wanting to look your absolute best. It’s great you want to put your best foot (or in this case, smile) forward. You’re not the only one trying to get away from any type of metal in their dental care. Some do it for health reasons others for aesthetics. Both are good reasons.
Porcelain crowns, as you mentioned, are not strong enough to withstand the biting force on our back teeth. They’re great for front teeth and have a much more aesthetic look than the porcelain-fused-to-metal counterparts.
Until recently, those were our only two options. Things have changed.
When You Can’t Get a Porcelain Crown
Dentists are now starting to work with zirconia a lot more. You can get a zirconia crown, a zirconia bridge, and even zirconia dental implants.
These are strong. Very strong. Their nickname is ceramic steel. They can more than handle the biting forces on your back teeth. Be aware that not all dentists are working with the material yet, but a simple internet search will help you find one who is.
It sounds like you are someone who keeps up with your cosmetic issues. However, for the benefit of others, who may not be aware, once your crowns are made (no matter which material chosen) the color is permanent.
That means you’ll want a color you’ll be proud to have for a while. It’s helpful to get your teeth whitened before your crown is fashioned. This way the crown can be fashioned to match the beautiful white color you want.
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