[Dentist Talk] Are titanium porcelain crowns good for you?
If you are looking for a dental solution that is both cosmetically elegant and affordable enough that you don’t have to max out your credit card, titanium porcelain crowns are worth considering.
However, before driving to a dental clinic, many of you are probably still wondering if titanium porcelain crowns are actually a good deal. Read on to find out more about this type of dental crown.
What are titanium porcelain crowns?
Cosmetic titanium porcelain crowns, as the name suggests, are made of titanium. This metal is extremely lightweight, yet surprisingly sturdy. It has a smooth surface and abrasion resistance. The frame is made of a nickel-chromium-titanium alloy (3 - 6% titanium) and covered with a thin layer of caramco3 porcelain.
This type of dental crown is recommended for people with metal allergies or large pulp chambers which make them ineligible for traditional crowns.
Titanium porcelain crowns are a great solution for dental restoration in cases such as:
- Broken, cracked, chipped teeth
- Unsightly, discolored, or worn out teeth
- Teeth after treatment (for cavities, pulpitis, inflammation of the apex, periodontitis, etc.)
Dentists usually recommend titanium porcelain crowns as a replacement for chewing teeth rather than front teeth to ensure the best cosmetic results.
Disadvantages of titanium porcelain crowns
Although titanium porcelain crowns offer cosmetic elegance, affordability, and high durability, they come with their own drawbacks such as:
- Unnatural color: One of the shortcomings of titanium porcelain crowns is their opaque color, unlike pure porcelain crowns, Both the surface gloss and opacity of titanium porcelain crowns lack naturalness. When there’s a light shining through, you can see a shadow of the metal frame inside.
- Discoloration over time: After a period of time, under the impact of the acidic environment and the bacteria in your mouth, the titanium frames inside your crowns will oxidize, changing their appearance. Crown discoloration and gum inflammation are very common.
In fact, these disadvantages aren’t exactly unforgivable. If you choose to get titanium porcelain crowns, you will still enjoy many of their advantages.
Advantages of titanium porcelain crowns
Thanks to their considerable advantages compared to other types of dental crowns, titanium porcelain crowns have long been used in restorative dentistry.
1. Simple procedure
A dental restorative procedure using titanium porcelain crowns is simple and doesn’t require complex tools. Particularly, for this type of crowns, your natural teeth don’t have to be filed down as much as they would be when using other types.
2. High biocompatibility
A prominent advantage of titanium porcelain crowns is the high biocompatibility that not many types of crowns have. Thanks to this, when used for dental restoration, it adapts to your oral environment faster and more effortlessly.
3. Durability comparable to natural teeth
Thanks to the sturdy frame made of hard titanium alloy, titanium porcelain crowns can withstand considerable force, which makes them comparable to natural teeth. In addition, due to its pureness, chances of reactions when eating hot or cold foods are eliminated.
4. Hypoallergenic nature
Titanium porcelain crowns are highly safe and less likely to cause irritation or allergy after dental restoration because they are biocompatible with the human bone and teeth. It neither gets stained nor causes bleeding and discolored gumlines.
5. High affordability
Compared to pure porcelain crowns, titanium porcelain crowns are more affordable. That’s why they have become a preferable and trustworthy choice for many people. Besides, most people are eligible for titanium porcelain crowns, even those with large pulp chambers that can’t use porcelain crowns.
Titanium porcelain crowns have impressive longevity which is over 15 years. Nevertheless, how your crowns actually perform depends largely on many factors such as your oral hygiene, diet, and especially the expertise of your dentist. Therefore, you should find a reputable dental clinic to get the highest-quality crowns.
How long does the titanium crown last?
Titanium crowns are generally still a porcelain-fused metal crown, so they can not last more than 20 years like all-porcelain crowns. Titanium porcelain crowns have an average lifespan of about 10-15 years, this time may be longer if the teeth are well cared for.
How to care for titanium crown?
To maintain the durability of titanium porcelain crowns, you can do the following:
- Do not eat food that is too hard, crunchy, chewy, or too hot or cold.
- Do not eat foods that are high in acid, sugar or food coloring.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly.
- Applying modern porcelain enamel coating technology
- Ensure healthy oral condition before enameling porcelain teeth. Not only with titanium material, when crowning, you should also check oral health and treat diseases such as myelitis, tooth decay, ... so that the porcelain crowns procedure can go smoothly.