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Metal Crowns vs Metal-Free: What's Best?

Do you need a crown? There are many different types of crowns out there, the most common types are metal and metal-free crowns. If you feel you need a crown, or if your dentist has recommended that you get one, it’s best to get a complete understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of both types of crown first.

Crowns are the perfect solution to chipped or damaged teeth – a custom cap that fits over the tooth called a crown is used to restore function, protection, and improve durability and stability to the damaged tooth.

What are metal crowns?

Metal crowns are exactly what it sounds like – crowns that are made out of metal materials. The most common materials for metal-based crowns to be made from include gold, palladium, nickel, and chromium.

Metal crowns are quite strong, and don’t often chip or break. They generally have good longevity and can withstand the wear and tear of chewing and strong jaws. However, despite being strong and durable, metal-based crowns unfortunately have quite a few drawbacks.

Firstly, metal-based crowns are unattractive to many people because of their gray, metallic color. They do not fit with the natural colors of the teeth, and some patients find this off putting.

Traditional metal crowns can also have consequences to your health, especially if you are prone to allergies. Allergies to metals are quite common among the general population, and patients with metal-based crowns can experience inflammation and irritation in the gums and sockets of the teeth. Predictably, this causes a lot of discomfort.

Additionally, some patients find metal-based crowns difficult to adjust to because of how metal materials interact with food – some people experience a different taste.

What are metal-free crowns?

Metal-free crowns are restorations for your teeth that are completely made of ceramic. They provide a high aesthetic value to your smile, and for many, this is a major benefit. Metal-free crowns have a very natural appearance that is almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In addition, they are highly durable, stable, and comfortable, making for long-lasting and strong crowns.

Finally, another major benefit of metal-free crowns is that they do not cause allergies. The ceramic materials that make metal-free crowns fit comfortably, without issue.

Metal-free crowns are safe, comfortable, and in use for some time now. As a more aesthetically pleasing, and more comfortable option to metal-based crowns, most patients opt for them as an alternative.

If you’re interested in metal-free crowns, contact us today to discuss treatment options. The team at LiveWell Dentistry is here to help return your dazzling smile as quickly as possible.

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