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What Are My Options for Replacing Old Dental Crowns? Marietta, GA
James A. Merriman DMD, FAGD, PC is now Envision Dental!
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Dental crowns in Marietta are an invaluable dental treatment. They can save damaged teeth from extraction and help you to enjoy full dental function. Unfortunately, however, dental crowns do not last forever. After a number of years, crowns may become loose or fall out, or they may break altogether. If you have an old crown that needs to be replaced, you have several treatment options in front of you. Let’s take a moment to compare your choices.

All-Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic crowns, sometimes called porcelain crowns, offer more aesthetic benefits than any of the other crown options. Dental porcelain closely mimics the look and feel of natural teeth. It is also resistant to stains, so you can expect your new restoration to maintain its beauty for many years. These crowns are durable enough to stand up to all the rigors of everyday eating and drinking. All-ceramic crowns can be used for any tooth, but they’re most often placed on front teeth due to their outstanding aesthetic qualities.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns have an inner layer made out of a durable metal. Dental porcelain hides the metal, allowing you to enjoy both the aesthetic benefits of porcelain and the strength of metal. One of the biggest disadvantages of PFM crowns is that sometimes the metal can sometimes show through the translucent porcelain, resulting in a dark line that interferes with your smile’s natural beauty.

All-Metal Crowns

Metal crowns can be made out of gold, palladium, nickel, chromium, or other metals. These restorations are extremely durable; they rarely chip or break. Also, because they are so thin, they require the least amount of tooth preparation out of all the crown types. The drawbacks of all-metal crowns are that they clash with the natural appearance of the teeth around them, and they may be unsuitable for individuals with metal sensitivities.

Which Type Is Best for You?

The type of crown that is best for you will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The location of the tooth that needs to be treated. Molars are exposed to greater forces than the front teeth, which may mean that a metal crown may be best for your back teeth, whereas an aesthetically pleasing ceramic crown might be best for your front teeth.
  • Your budget. Different types of crowns have different price tags. Although all-ceramic crowns tend to cost more, many patients feel that their beauty makes them worth the price.
  • Your dentist’s recommendation. After your dentist in Marietta examines your mouth and talks to you about your goals and preferences, they’ll recommend the type of crown that they believe is best for you.

Do you need to replace an old dental crown? A new all-ceramic, PFM, or all-metal crown might be the key to improving your smile’s appearance and/or function.

Posted on behalf of Envision Dental

130 Vann Street NE Ste #210
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (770) 425-0448

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