Porcelain Fused To Metal While all-porcelain crowns provide the most aesthetically pleasing result when it comes to restoring severely damaged teeth, porcelain fused to metal crowns are the treatment of choice for many crown applications. We use Captek (gold under porcelain) crowns for maximum strength, durability, and superior aesthetics.
Porcelain fused to metal crown technology has come a long way in the last several years. Many of our patients with older crowns are having them replaced with all-porcelain crowns or porcelain fused to metal crowns. The latest Captek crowns have done away with the dreaded “black line” (an unsightly line that develops around the gum line) that has plagued traditional dental crowns for years.
Why Porcelain and Gold?
Porcelain is aesthetically superior to traditional crown materials, offering the most natural-looking restorations available today. Porcelain can be precisely color-matched to your surrounding teeth. Most importantly, its translucence can also be matched to your surrounding teeth. Tooth enamel is not a consistent, solid shade of white. Each micro layer of tooth enamel is partly see-through. This is an issue because the inner layers of your teeth are not the same color as your outer layers. In order for a tooth crown to look natural, it must be able to mimic both the color and translucence of the teeth surrounding it. Modern porcelain technology has made this possible in the hands of a master lab technician.
Gold has been the restorative metal of choice for many years due to its strength, malleability, and resistance to temperature-caused expansion and contraction. For this reason, porcelain fused to metal crowns are ideal for rear teeth restorations. This is because the back teeth must withstand a much higher amount of pressure than the front teeth. Although porcelain is extremely durable, it is not as strong as porcelain fused to metal crown. Porcelain fused to metal crowns look every bit as natural as all-porcelain crowns, but are a bit more expensive due to a more involved manufacturing process as well as the added expense of gold.
If you live in the Fresno or Clovis area and are interested in porcelain fused to metal crowns, please contact Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Mankirat Gill today to schedule your complimentary consultation.