In modern dentistry, the most aesthetic option for dental crowns (or caps) are porcelain crowns. Nothing replicates natural enamel and dentin better than porcelain.
In the past, the porcelain systems were weaker, thus the base of the crown had to be made of metal and THEN porcelain was fused to that metal.
Ever wonder why you see a dark line at the gumline of some people’s teeth?
It’s because of the metal that exists underneath the porcelain. At Georgian Mall Family Dental we try not use metal crowns mainly for two big reasons:
There is no way to replicate nature when there is metal underneath the porcelain. It completely changes the way the light reflects and refracts from the porcelain.
With the exception of titanium, the human body does not like to have metal surrounding sensitive gum tissue.
There are some circumstances (such as bite issues) that warrant the placement of a metal chewing surface or metal below the porcelain in order to prevent fracture.
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