We all know how important first impressions can be. When you meet someone, it only takes an instant to assess their appearance, especially their smile. It’s human nature to look for an open smile, healthy gums, and clean teeth. Factors such as missing teeth, stained fillings, and unsightly dental bridges and crowns can create a distraction that negatively impacts your appearance.
If you have ever noticed someone who has obvious crowns or bridges on their teeth, then you can relate to this concept. Why? Conventional crowns and bridges were made of a metal base and covered with a porcelain coating. Although this technique produces a very durable and attractive restoration, it is not able to fully represent the qualities of a natural tooth.
Whereas a natural tooth is translucent and can allow light to pass through the enamel, a porcelain and metal crown actually blocks the light, appearing more opaque. In fact, the metal base is sometimes visible at the margins (edges) of these restorations, resulting in a black or grey line that shows when you smile.
Fortunately, your dentist now has access to more attractive, modern crown and bridge techniques. In a shift towards “all ceramic materials,” the older metal-based restorations are being rapidly replaced. Pressed or CAD/CAM milled high strength ceramics and zirconium frameworks offer the strength of a conventional restoration while allowing more light to pass through, much like natural enamel.
There are certain circumstances in which the conventional porcelain-fused-to-metal technique is desirable, such as restoring a large molar or back tooth. Otherwise, when esthetics are a priority, such as restoring the teeth that show when you smile, advanced CAD/CAM milling technology and all ceramic options can be used to produce the beautiful smile that you desire.
To learn more about your all-ceramic options for more attractive dental bridges and other restorations, contact East Hills Dental Associates today.