How can a cosmetic dentist help you transform a mouth filled with metal molars into a natural smile? Whether you have gold or silver amalgam fillings, take a look at what you need to know about cosmetic dentistry, restorations, and creating a pearly white smile.
Should You Remove Gold or Amalgam Crowns?
While you can replace these crowns, you don't necessarily have to. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that amalgam crowns (often referred to as silver crowns because of their appearance) are safe, durable, and effective. Even though these crowns don't present a known hazard, some dental patients prefer the look of tooth-colored restoration material.
The ADA recommends keeping amalgam crowns in place until it is medically necessary to remove them. If your crown is older, worn, damaged, or doesn't fit correctly, now is the time to consider the alternatives. Talk to a cosmetic dentistry professional about the removal process, the benefits and the risks of different materials, and the replacement options that meet your individual needs.
What Are the Alternatives to a Gold or Silver Amalgam Crown?
Do you want a natural look that is completely metal-free? If you need to replace your dental crowns, another gold or amalgam restoration won't help you to achieve your aesthetic goals. Instead of a metal crown, consider a ceramic/porcelain or tooth-colored composite resin material.
Each type of natural-looking material has advantages and disadvantages, These include durability, stain resistance, life span, and cost. Ceramic/porcelain crowns look like real teeth and are highly stain/scratch resistant. But these crowns may chip easier than your old gold or silver amalgam restorations. If you need to replace molars, these crowns won't give you the strong bite you may need.
Instead of a plain porcelain/ceramic crown, you may want to try a porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration. This type of crown is exactly what the name implies—porcelain material that is fused to a metal base. Even though this crown is stronger, you may see some of the metal peeking out of the bottom.
A composite material crown may not chip easily like a porcelain/ceramic crown. The cosmetic dentist can match the resin to the color of your natural teeth, creating a seamless smile. For more information on pricing and the restoration replacement process, contact your local cosmetic dentist, such as Steven A. Kumasaka, DDS. The dentist will need to evaluate your mouth's health, examine the current crowns, and explain the available options.