Patients get improved appearance and strength from new crown materials

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Recent advances in dental materials mean fewer patients are receiving crowns (caps) made with metal. Is this good news? Definitely.

If you had a crownplaced prior to 2007, there is a 75 percent chance it has metal components — either all gold or a porcelain overlay on a metal substructure. If you feel your crown stands out, has a dark edge near the gum line, or the color is not an exact match to your surrounding teeth, chances are it contains metal. Older porcelain-over-metal crowns also are prone to more frequent cracking.

Today, less than 10 percent of new crowns are made with metal. Most crowns are now made of lithium disilicate or zirconium materials that are tougher, stronger and more aesthetic. This provides patients with a beautiful, more pleasing appearance with real strength.

I’m not advocating abandoning crowns containing metal — there are still some circumstances where they are the preferred solution — but a new day in crowns and bridges has arrived.

Make sure to talk to your dentist about the type of crown material recommended for your specific situation.

To learn more about new crown materials, visit our website http://drpoz.com, or call our office 419-475-6554.