Why You Should Replace Your Metal Crown with a Metal-Free One

July 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — mylakeforest @ 7:42 pm
patient smiling after getting metal-free crown in McKinney

Back in the day, metal crowns were used to repair the structure and function of damaged teeth. While they’re certainly effective, modern dentistry has produced a much better option. Nowadays, most dentists offer metal-free restorations as a healthier and more natural-looking alternative. So, if you have any metal crowns in your mouth, you should consider replacing them with metal-free ones. Continue reading to learn a few reasons why!

Enjoy a More Youthful Appearance

More often than not, having a metal crown sends the message that you’re an older adult. That’s mainly because these restorations are older technology and most people don’t need them until they reach a certain age. Replacing them with metal-free crowns can easily take years off your smile! Since they’ll blend in more with your remaining teeth, they won’t be as noticeable in your mouth.

Metal Crowns Are Unhealthy

Humans are not meant to have metal in their mouths, which means metal crowns can pose a risk to your health. The restorations are comprised of metals that don’t interact well with human bodies, such as nickel and mercury. For instance, nickel can turn people’s gums green or even cause a serious allergic reaction. Meanwhile, mercury is a well-known toxic material. The good news is that the amount of metal components used in restorations is deemed safe for healthy adults. Nevertheless, having metal-free crowns can give you peace of mind if you’re concerned about your safety.

They Can Make Your Teeth Sensitive

Metal crowns are more likely to cause you to experience sensitivity to foods and drinks at extreme temperatures. Since metal is a great conductor of heat, you may feel severe discomfort when hot or cold food touches the crown. Luckily, replacing the restoration with a metal-free can allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without having to worry about sensitivity.

Metal Interferes with MRIs

Doctors often use magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) in medical treatments to gather in-depth insight into your anatomy. Unfortunately, metal crowns can interfere with these scans. The materials in some crowns (like nickel and gold) respond poorly when placed in a magnetic field. They can distort pictures taken by the MRI or, in a worst-case scenario, fly off your teeth when drawn to the magnet.

As you can see, replacing your metal crown has numerous incredible benefits. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to discuss switching to metal-free crowns. Before you know it, you’ll be sporting a beautiful, healthy smile!

About the Practice

At Lake Forest Dental, we offer state-of-the-art, comprehensive, personalized dental care to patients of all ages. Our team uses the latest technologies and materials to ensure you receive the exceptional service you deserve. If you’d like to replace your metal crown, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can make an appointment via our website or call (972) 529-1800.

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