Porcelain Restorations vs. Porcelain Fused to Metal Restorations

graphic of a porcelain crown being placed

Dental Crowns and their purpose:

Dental crowns are one of the most common prosthetics used in dentistry today. A crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. This helps to bring the tooth back to its original shape, while improving its strength and appearance.

The process of getting a dental crown is quite simple, however, it does take a couple of visits. On the first visit Dr. Sadati will prepare your tooth by removing all decay and take an impression of your mouth. He will then apply a temporary crown so that you don’t have an unsightly missing tooth.

The impression is then sent to a laboratory, which will create the prosthetic tooth. At the second appointment the doctor will permanently adhere the crown to the prepared tooth.

There are two main types of restorations available, porcelain and porcelain fused to metal.

Porcelain Restorations

These restorations are attractive because they look a lot like a natural tooth. In fact, they tend to maintain the natural translucency and depth of color that is found in natural teeth. Porcelain restorations also function just like a tooth.

Porcelain restorations are quite durable and because of their attractive appearance are commonly used on anterior teeth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are porcelain crowns that have a gray metal substructure beneath the porcelain. The crowns are incredibly durable, however, they are harder to make attractive because the gray substrate must be disguised.

Unfortunately, the gray substrate often causes a dark line along the gum line. This can be particularly obvious if the gum line begins to recede or if the tissue turns transparent.

The porcelain fused to metal crown is more durable than all ceramic crowns because of the metal base. It is commonly used on molars and pre-molars because of it its ability to withstand the biting force when chewing.

How long do crowns last?

Both porcelain fused to metal and all porcelain crowns can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. They require the same care. You should avoid chewing on hard candies and ice. Grinding and jaw clenching can cause fractures.

To protect your crowns you may want to wear a night guard. This will not only protect the crowns, but also your existing natural teeth.

Which crown is right for me?

Dr. Sadati will ultimately help you determine which crown will work best for you, however, most commonly porcelain crowns are used where your teeth are more visible. The porcelain fused to metal is favored for regions that either need more strength or aren’t seen by people when you’re smiling.

Dr. Sadati brings years of experience in serving his patients’ dental needs. He will listen to your thoughts and concerns and ensure you get the best treatment for you. Our entire team is made up of compassionate staff who are committed to you and we accept a variety of insurances in addition to offering several payment options. Contact us to schedule an appointment today or to learn more about the restoration options available.