Discover Our Approach to Dental Crowns and Bridges
We utilize for the vast majority of the treatment that we are using caps or crowns for, it’s usually fractured teeth or badly damaged teeth. We’ve chosen to use ceramics, porcelains, zirconia, Emax, or different varieties. Lithium disilicate is a fancy term we shortcut that to Emax. It is a material that is a ceramic, which means there’s no metal. Those are bondable and cementable materials that don’t have any adverse reactions. Years ago we have had crowns that were created that were made of a base metal. They had nickel, which is a metal that many people are allergic to with porcelain baked onto the outside. It’s older technology. That’s the technology we don’t utilize in the office. We use materials that are much safer. On occasion, we have to use gold as a material, but we can use bio gold, gold that is very, very, very well alloyed so that it causes the least potential of creating immune system issues.
One of the advantages of using porcelains either the lithium disilicate or using zirconia as a restorative material is they have a very lifelike appearance. They tend to be good insulators, so you don’t have hot and cold sensitivity. They’re relatively the best thing out there as far as durability, and I find that most patients who’ve had those after we’ve replaced leaking or damaged porcelain metal fillings, used to be called a porcelain metal crown because they had metal underneath, and porcelain baked on the outside are very pleased with shifting from that material, the porcelain metal crown, to the all ceramic material metal free crowns.