Metal is a strong substance that is versatile and effective in many uses. Dentistry has used many types of metal to restore damaged teeth to health and function. However, metal proves to be an unsuitable material for dental restorations in many situations. When metal restorations cause problems, it might be time to replace them with nonmetal restorations.
Here are some of the common situations where our River Edge dentists can help you get nonmetal restorations that will suit you better.
Unhappy with Appearance
Probably the most common complaint our River Edge dentists hear about metal restorations is that they’re unattractive. Metal restorations don’t look like natural teeth, so they’re an advertisement for poor dental health and the need for restorations.
Metal amalgam fillings often lead to complaints about their appearance. When placed, metal amalgam fillings are silver. However, they can rust in the mouth, turning black. When they do, they look as bad as or worse than the gaping holes in teeth that they are supposed to fill. It’s not just the fillings that look black, either. A rusted filling can turn your whole tooth black or gray in a way that won’t respond to teeth bleaching.
People also complain about porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. These crowns start off looking attractive because of the porcelain coating that looks like a natural tooth. However, the porcelain can flake off these teeth, exposing the metallic understructure of the crown. Other times, receding gums can expose the metallic edge of the crown.
Gold crowns still enjoy a measure of popularity. Not only do gold crowns have great performance, but they are also less likely to cause some of the other negative effects we discuss in this blog. Plus, some people think that gold crowns have a certain attractiveness to them. Even so, many people dislike the appearance of their gold crowns and want to replace them with cosmetic restorations that look more like natural teeth.
In these situations, a River Edge dentist can remove metal restorations and replace them with tooth-colored fillings or crowns.