By Constance E. Smith, DDS
March 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

If you've noticed that your metal crowns are starting to look worn, it may be time for an all-porcelain replacement.

Dental technology has gone through a lot of changes over the years. From anesthesia to restorations, the dental industry has made great strides to maintain oral health and improve the lives of their patients. While crowns remain a stable, durable way of restoring Dental Crownsor replacing teeth, old crowns may become unsightly after many years of wear. Here's how Eastern Shore Smile Solutions can update those old metal crowns.

Metal crowns

Made of gold or a combination of alloys, metal crowns were the standard restorations for a long time. And while they are still the preferred material for crowns on the back teeth because of their durability, they may need to be modernized for the teeth that show when you smile. Metal crowns are so named because they have a metal base with porcelain overlaid on their surface. Over time, the gum tissue can recede and the metal will begin to show through the edges of the crown. This displays dark gray areas that can resemble decay and negates the cosmetic purpose of the crown.

Porcelain crowns

While the metal crowns may still be functional, all-porcelain crowns look much more natural and attractive. They are designed to match your natural teeth perfectly and are made of the same material throughout the entire restoration. Therefore, they will maintain their appearance for as long as you have them - which can be several decades with proper care and scheduled visits to your Easton dentist.

Maintaining good dental hygiene - brushing, flossing, and regular checkups - is the best way to preserve both natural teeth and crowns, regardless of their age or composition. Talk to the professionals at the next visit to your Talbot County dentist's office to learn how you can keep your smile looking and feeling its best.