Full alloy dental restorations offer a range of advantages that make them a valuable option for specific patient needs. While their aesthetic appeal may be limited compared to alternatives like Zirconia and PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) restorations, the unique qualities of full alloy restorations deserve consideration.
Advantages of Full Alloy Restorations:
Durability and Strength: Full alloy restorations are exceptionally durable and resistant to breakage, making them an excellent choice for patients with heavily damaged posterior teeth.
Biocompatibility: Alloys such as gold, commonly used in full alloy restorations, exhibit high biocompatibility, minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.
Plaque Resistance and Corrosion Protection: Unlike some materials, full alloy restorations are not prone to plaque accumulation and offer robust corrosion resistance, contributing to long-lasting oral health.
Minimal Tooth Removal: High tensile strength of full alloy restorations allows for thinner crowns, preserving more of the patient's natural tooth structure. This feature is particularly beneficial when space is limited.
Compatibility with Opposing Dentition: Full alloy restorations, especially those made with semi-precious or gold alloys, closely match the natural dentition's coefficient, promoting harmonious interaction with opposing teeth.
While full alloy restorations offer exceptional durability and functional benefits, it's essential to acknowledge their aesthetic limitations. The appearance of these restorations may not align with patients' aesthetic preferences.
Additionally, it's important to note that full alloy restorations can be relatively more expensive than alternatives like all-ceramic crowns. This cost difference is primarily due to the use of precious alloys, which add to the overall materials expense.
If full alloy aligns with your restoration requirements, seize the opportunity by visiting CyberConnect. Register for a free account or log in if you're a Cyberdent provider. Within the online prescription form, you'll find PFM conveniently located under the full contour menu.