At DentArtistry, we strive to be as conservative as possible. It’s a responsible way to conduct dentistry. In the old days, it used to be “crown or filling” was the only restoration option from your family dentist.
Now, with advancements in adhesion protocols and porcelain systems, we can offer more conservative options like inlays and onlays. In certain instances where we are replacing an existing crown or there is a lot of decay or damage to the tooth, the best option might be a full coverage crown. Our crowns have NO METAL. Nothing replicates natural enamel and dentin better than porcelain.
No More Metal
In the past, the systems for producing high-quality porcelain restorations were weaker, thus the base of the crown had to be made of metal, then porcelain was fused to that metal. That metal can show through the gum tissue, leaving an unsightly dark line at the base of the tooth. With modern-day porcelain systems, metal is no longer necessary. At DentArtistry we do not do metal crowns 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 within the sensitive gum tissue.