Metal-Free Crowns And Bridges

Metal-free crowns and bridges are aesthetic and durable restorations for missing, broken or cracked teeth which entirely cover or “cap” damaged teeth and improve their appearance and function. The newer metal-free crowns and bridges eliminate the ugly black line you may have seen next to the gum line on older crowns and can also be placed on top of an implant. Metal-free bridges may be fixed or removable.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are recommended when the teeth having widespread damaged fillings, or when part of the tooth is missing. When a tooth is missing, a crown will be attached to a titanium screw implanted in the jaw—this is what is normally referred to as an implant. Exactly like your original teeth in appearance, crowns have the advantage of being extremely strong. The ceramic metal-free crown restorations offer superior aesthetics and functionality.

Dental Bridges

A metal-free bridge of several teeth is like a group of crowns anchored together. Titanium rods are also implanted, but it does not require an implant for each tooth. Three or four teeth can be anchored to two implants for support. This is less expensive than using an implant for each tooth. These implants are strong enough to support the biting force of several teeth anchored together.

Issues with metal crown and bridges

The biggest drawback to metal crowns and bridges are aesthetic. They simply look different from your natural teeth. When porcelain is fused onto a metal base, it looks better, but one can usually still see a bit of the metal near the gum line. Beyond the aesthetics, there are other problems with metal restorations. Metal crowns can weaken the structure of the remaining part of your tooth. In the preparation stage for a metal crown, the dentist has to remove a significant portion of your affected tooth. This may bring about problems in the future.

Fortunately, advances in dental science have produced a number of materials used for metal-free restorations. The most common materials used for metal-free crowns and bridges are feldspathic porcelain and the stronger pressed ceramics. Our experienced dentists at 7 Day Dental will answer any questions and suggest the best type of restorations for your healthy natural smile.

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