Why You Should Replace Your Amalgam Dental Crowns

Posted on: November 1, 2016

Dental CrownsOnce you receive amalgam dental crowns, you may think you have to live with the unappealing color and unnatural appearance of those crowns. There is no reason to worry since you can replace an amalgam dental crown, also known as a silver crown, with a more natural-looking crown made with ceramic or composite materials. Not only are amalgam dental crowns less attractive than a tooth-colored crown, but they can also be a hazard to your teeth since no restoration is made to last forever. If you do not want to settle for an amalgam dental crown, we will be happy to go over other options at our office in Port Hueneme.

A few negative side effects of amalgam crowns include the fact that they can end up hiding deeper damage. Dental crowns that are comprised from amalgam can interfere with X-rays, hiding other damage and decay from dentists. The metal alloy that comprises amalgam crowns may also cause cracks in the teeth due to the amount of space they take up. Silver crowns can also “bleed” into surrounding teeth, creating a gray shade. These issues are not always guaranteed but are definite possibilities.

Some of the benefits of replacing your amalgam dental crowns with a more suitable crown include that you will not have to worry about as many potential problems in the future. A natural-looking, all-ceramic crown can be the perfect replacement for an amalgam crown. These crowns do not take up as much space as an amalgam crown, and they blend in with your natural tooth perfectly. They are also hypo-allergenic for people with metal allergies. If you don’t want to risk your metal dental crown bleeding into your other teeth, if it has not already, you will not have to worry about this problem with a ceramic crown.

A resin crown is also a suitable option to replace your existing amalgam dental crowns. The resin crown provides the attractive, tooth-colored appearance that most people desire, and it also gives your tooth coverage that a dentist can see through with an X-ray. These benefits mean that you will not struggle with unknown decay under your crown.

Both of these are excellent replacement options for your current amalgam dental crown. The materials used will provide long-term and durable coverage for your vulnerable teeth. Onlookers will also not be able to notice that you have dental crowns since these crowns will closely resemble your teeth. You will be satisfied with the comfort level and aesthetically appealing look of your new crowns.

The procedure to place them should not take long, and it will not cause any discomfort in your teeth and gums since we use sedation. Additionally, if you need the crown to be placed on one of your molars, we offer ceramic-on-metal crowns so that your tooth can benefit from the durability of metal while your appearance benefits from the appearance of natural-looking ceramic. Do not hesitate to call our Port Hueneme dental office with any other questions.


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