at Riverside Dental Group will talk to you more about all types of  crowns, and the potential to replace them with attractive tooth-colored options.

Metal Fillings and Crowns

Dental amalgam is the name for a combination of various metals that are used for fillings, inlays, onlays, or dental crowns. There has long been a controversy over whether these metal fillings are safe. Even when they were first introduced to residents of upstate New York in 1833 by the Crawcour brothers, people were concerned with the silver element of amalgam tooth restorations. While some people still strongly believe that the use of mercury in filling alloys is dangerous, the American Dental Association touts their safety. Crowns were initially comprised completely of metal as well, for the strength this provided. However, due to aesthetic desires,  crowns eventually transitioned to plastic, then to  porcelain and metal combinations. The most cosmetically appealing crown option currently is all porcelain.

Porcelain Alternatives

Tooth decay can now be repaired by using ceramic restorations. These fillings have a more natural look that can blend in with the rest of your teeth. Many patients note that they feel more comfortable knowing heavy metals are absent from their mouths, even if there is no compelling evidence of mercury poisoning from dental restorations. As for crowns, modern dentists offer these restorations made of full porcelain. Porcelain can also be color-matched to your existing teeth, so your smile will look natural.


Interested in receiving comprehensive dental care? Then contact Dental Associates of Riverside at (951) 369-1001 today. Our family dentist office serves patients throughout Riverside County, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley.