In modern dentistry, the most aesthetic option for dental crowns (or caps) are porcelain crowns. Nothing replicates natural enamel and dentin better than porcelain and ceramic.
In the past, the porcelain systems were weaker, therefore the inside core of dental crowns had to be made of metal underneath the porcelain in order to avoid fracture.If you have ever noticed a dark line at the gum line of some someone’s teeth, and wondered what it is, the darkness is because of the metal that exists underneath the porcelain of their crowns.
At floss in La Jolla we do not do use metal in our dental crowns. It is nearly impossible to replicate nature when there is metal underneath the porcelain. Metal completely changes the way the light reflects and refracts from the porcelain, resulting in a dull, fake appearance.
A crown can be used in many different ways to restore your teeth, including:
- Protection of a weak tooth from decay or breakage
- Restoration of a broken tooth
- To support a tooth that has been worn from use or grinding
- Cosmetically repair unsightly teeth
- Cover a dental implant