In the distant past, dentistry treatments were expensive and unsightly. The use of discolored metal in these treatments did not contribute to a beautiful smile. However unsightly, the treatments got the job done.
However, recent advancements in technology have introduced the use of porcelain crowns to treat broken or infected teeth. Earlier, porcelain was not considered to be a hard and durable material for dental crowns. But now, it is as strong as the metal counterparts.
Many dentists prefer using porcelain material for dental crowns because of its numerous benefits. Let’s see how this material benefits the patients:
Many people prefer porcelain over silver because it does not have any mercury content. While there is no strong evidence to prove that small amounts of mercury found in silver are hazardous to human health, people prefer porcelain because now they have a much better option.
As mentioned earlier, porcelain was considered to be a poor choice for dental crowns as it was not strong or durable, now though, porcelain can be made to be as hard as its metal counterparts. Some reports even claim that a porcelain crown might be more durable than a silver crown because it is less likely to break due to changes in temperature.
As we all know that metal responds to extreme changes in temperature, silver is not a good choice for a dental crown. With changes in temperature, the metal will expand or contract and it can easily be dislodged from its place. On the other hand, porcelain only expands or contracts slightly with changes in temperature.
Porcelain can easily complement the surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color. As a result, it has become the most natural looking material used in dental procedures.