Many adults today had dental problems in the past that were repaired with a metal crown because for many years that was the only option. More recent advancements in dental technology and methods, however, have allowed for updated techniques. Now, most dentists provide dental crowns made of different materials like composite resin or porcelain. This is good news for many who have experienced issues with their metal repairs. Keep reading to learn 3 reasons why you should consider replacing yours with a more modern restoration!
Reason #1: Tooth Sensitivity
Metal is a fantastic conductor of temperature, whether that’s scalding heat or icy cold. As a result, those with metal dental crowns often have issues with tooth sensitivity because these temperatures are carried right into the roots of their already vulnerable teeth. Patients have reported that it’s particularly problematic when switching between the two extremes, like when they have a cold drink along with a hot meal. Exchanging your restoration with a porcelain or resin version mitigates this kind of discomfort.
Reason #2: Toxic Metals
It’s unfortunate, but ingredients have been used in metal dental work that don’t always interact in a friendly way with the human body. They include a mixture of ingredients like silver, tin, and copper, and usually also contain 50% mercury, which is incredibly toxic. Every time you chew, a small amount is released into your body which can contribute to headaches, fatigue, nerve damage, kidney issues, and more.
Another example is nickel, which was also often included in dental work. It’s known to turn your gums green as well as sometimes cause significant allergic reactions.
You can reduce the chances of metal poisoning by opting for a crown made from safer materials.
Reason #3: Enhanced Appearance
Dental crowns are intended to cover the entire top portion of your tooth that’s visible above your gumline. Those made of metal are easy to spot among your remaining pearly whites. Many people feel self-conscious about the way they look and avoid meeting new people or engaging with others because of it. Resin and porcelain dental crowns, however, can be customized to match the exact shade of your teeth. They’ll blend in seamlessly so no one looking would know the difference. If you’re tired of feeling bad about your appearance, a new dental crown can help!
As you can see, there are many good reasons to talk to your dentist today about replacing your dental crown. Reach out and you’ll soon be on your way to a healthier, happier smile!
About the Author
Dr. Charles A. Parker has over 4 decades of experience handling even the most complex dental issues, including implants and tooth restorations. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, and then his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He uses the latest technology for the most updated treatment options to ensure you receive effective treatment for results that last. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, you are welcome to contact the office on the website or by calling (903) 935-6351.