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Have a Metal Crown? Here’s Why You Should Replace It with a Metal-Free One

May 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — stephenhale @ 7:08 pm

If you have a metal crown, chances are you got it way back when they were the only option available. Thankfully, modern dentistry has come a long way since then, offering porcelain and other tooth-colored resins as alternative materials for a healthier and more natural-looking smile. These options are suitable for any situation, making metal a thing of the past.

Interested in learning more? Read along for a few reasons why you should consider replacing your metal dental crown with a metal-free one.

Restore Your Youth with a Metal-Free Crown

Having a metal crown likely sends the message that you’re an older adult. This is merely because metal fillings are older technology, and most people don’t even need dental crowns until they reach a certain age. Replacing your crown with a metal-free one can help take years off your smile! It will blend in more naturally with your teeth, so people may not notice it as easily as the metal one.

Metal Crowns Are Unhealthy

Most metal crowns are comprised of metals that don’t interact well with our bodies, such as nickel and mercury. For example, nickel may cause people’s gums to turn green or even cause a serious allergic reaction, and mercury is well-known for being toxic. The good news is the amount of metal components used in dental restorations is deemed safe for healthy adults. However, if you are concerned about constantly having these materials in your mouth, metal-free crowns are an alternative that can give you peace of mind.

They Can Make Your Teeth Sensitive

Do you have trouble enjoying hot and cold foods? Individuals with metal crowns are more likely to experience sensitivity to foods and drinks with extreme temperatures. Metal is a great conductor of heat, hence when hot or cold foods touch the crown, you can feel it right on the nerve, causing severe discomfort. If you’re struggling with sensitivity, consider replacing your crown with a metal-free one. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods without having to worry about the temperature hurting you.  

Metal Can Interfere with MRIs

Doctors often use magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) in medical treatments to get insight into your anatomy. The bad news? Metal crowns can interfere with MRIs. The materials in some crowns, like nickel and gold, respond when placed in a magnetic field. These metals can distort pictures taken by the MRI or, in a worst-case scenario, fly off your teeth when drawn to the magnet.

With much more modern and safe options available, replacing your metal crown can provide you with numerous benefits. Consult with your dentist about switching to metal-free dental crowns so you can enjoy an aesthetically pleasing and healthy smile.

About the Practice

Stephen C. Hale, DDS offers a warm, family-like atmosphere where everyone can get fully personalized, state-of-the-art dentistry that always puts their needs first. Our number one priority is ensuring patient satisfaction, which we accomplish by providing top-tier services. If you’re ready to reap the benefits of metal-free crowns, we can help you replace your old ones so you can enjoy a natural-looking smile. To schedule a consultation, contact us via our website or call (409) 945-6551.

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