Crowns or “caps” have been a reliable staple of dental treatment for decades, and advances in technology and in dental cements have allowed us to move away from traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns and toward all-ceramic restorations.
Traditional PFM crowns are composed of a layer of metal (a coping) that fits around the tooth and then a layer of porcelain that is baked onto the metal. The result is a crown that fits well around the teeth and is relatively esthetic. One of the limitations of PFM crowns is that because these types of crowns have a metal substructure, the porcelain tends to have a very opaque look to it and does not reflect light very well. And because natural teeth are not opaque, and because they do reflect light, PFM crowns don’t look exactly like real teeth.
All-ceramic crowns solve these esthetic problems because there is no metal present that needs to be “hidden” under the porcelain. All-ceramic crowns are made entirely of ceramic materials (types of porcelain) and these materials allow us to fabricate crowns that are much more life-like.
Not necessarily. The major advantage of ceramic crowns vs. PFM crowns is the esthetics. Thus, in areas of the mouth where esthetics aren’t critical – such as is the case with the back teeth, PFM restorations are perfectly fine. However, in highly-esthetic areas such as the front teeth, ceramic crowns will look significantly better. And if you are a patient with a high smile line (where you see a large portion of the tooth when you smile), all-ceramic crowns will be a better choice in order to avoid the possibility of seeing the “black lines” that we sometimes get around older PFM crowns as the gums recede.
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