I have some pretty severe metal allergies and need a crown on a back tooth. I’ve asked my dentist to do an all-porcelain crown on that tooth, but he absolutely refuses and says they don’t work on back teeth. Is that true? Does this mean I have to get something I’m allergic too?
While all-porcelain crowns are great for front teeth, they really can’t withstand the biting forces on our back teeth. That being said, this doesn’t mean you have to get a metal-based crown. Your dentist should understand it won’t do you any good to have a restoration which causes you to have reactions.
A good dentist will see his patients as individuals and not insist on doing things the way he’s always done it. Instead, they will look for solutions.
In your case, you can look for a dentist who is willing to give you a zirconia crown. These are non-metal but are still strong enough for back teeth. They’re not as commonly used because they’re a new medium. However, a dentist who keeps up with his or her field will be willing to work with them for a patient in your situation.
Don’t Put Off Needed Dental Care because of a Bad Dentist
If you need a dental crown, don’t put it off because your dentist isn’t willing to do the work necessary to find a solution for you. Call around to other dentists and explain your situation. You are bound to find someone who is willing to fit you in fairly quickly, even as a new patient.
If you have trouble finding one. Try doing an internet search using the term “emergency dentist“. While this isn’t technically an emergency, it can quickly turn into one if the crown gets neglected. Letting them know that your dentist won’t provide the type of crown you need may encourage them to schedule you sooner rather than later.
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