Last updated April 14, 2023
I want to have my teeth made beautifully with ceramics, but I heard that some people regret...
Because ceramic is a treatment that involves grinding down the teeth and covering them, some people later regret it in terms of dental health.
- Why people say you will regret having ceramic teeth
- What you need to know to avoid regrets
We will talk about
- Some people regret it! What does it mean to have ceramic teeth?
- Why people say you will regret having ceramic teeth
- Effect on natural teeth
- Ceramic Life Span
- What You Need to Know Before You Regret Having Your Teeth Ceramic
- Let's understand the risks so we don't regret having dental ceramics.
Some people regret it! What does it mean to have ceramic teeth?
What does it mean to have "ceramic teeth?"The tooth is shaved down a full turn and a ceramic covering is placed on top.
Sometimes referred to as "tooth replacement," "ceramic treatment," or "ceramic orthodontics."
- White and beautiful teeth quickly.
- Less susceptible to decay than other coverings
- Long-lasting whiteness.
- No worries about metal allergies
- Gums don't turn black.
This is why it is sometimes considered as a treatment to whiten and beautify teeth.
White and beautiful teeth quickly.
The treatment period is short because the teeth are simply shaved and covered, with a gloss and transparency close to that of natural teeth, which is unique to ceramics,You can have white and beautiful teeth quickly.
In addition, the tilt of the teeth can be adjusted slightly when the ceramics are covered, so if the disturbance is mild, the teeth can be cleaned up.
Less susceptible to decay than other coverings
Ceramic is not easily deformed, so gaps are unlikely to form between the root of the tooth and the ceramic.
Therefore,They have a lower risk of decay than metal coverings, which are prone to deterioration.
In addition to ceramic, hard resin (plastic) and hybrid ceramic (ceramic + plastic) are available as white coverings.
These are prone to discoloration because they contain plastics that tend to absorb odors and stains.
Ceramic is resistant to odors and stains,Discoloration is less likely to occur and whiteness is more likely to last longer.
No worries about metal allergies
Ceramic is metal-free,No worries about metal allergies.
Gums don't turn black.
Metal coverings can cause darkening of the gums after years of use due to the metal component.
Ceramic does not use metal, so there is no need to worry about this.
Why people say you will regret having ceramic teeth
Why do you regret having ceramic teeth?This is because there are disadvantages in the following three respects
- Effect on natural teeth
- Ceramic Life Span
Effect on natural teeth
- Healthy teeth need to be ground down.
- The nerve of the tooth may be removed.
- May not be exactly the same color as natural teeth
- The color may not match the natural teeth when whitened.
Healthy teeth need to be ground down.
In order to cover a ceramic, a healthy tooth must be shaved down to a smaller size.
Since teeth do not regenerate like mucous membranes or skin, teeth are basically shaved when they are diseased, which is called cavities.
However, in the case of ceramics, it is for the aesthetic purpose of "whitening and cleaning the teeth",This can result in significant reduction of healthy teeth that normally do not need to be cut down.
When teeth are ground down, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease from the boundary between tooth and ceramic is higher than with natural teeth.
Although ceramic is said to be less susceptible to decay than metal coverings, which are prone to deformation, there is still a risk.
Without regular maintenance, daily tooth brushing, and other care, the ceramic foundation of the teeth will quickly be ruined.
The nerve of the tooth may be removed.
Depending on the thickness and condition of the teeth required for ceramic coverings,The tooth nerve may be removed.
The dental nerve is made up of pain-sensing nerves, lymph glands, and blood vessels, and is responsible for feeding the teeth.
When the nerves of the teeth are removed to make ceramics, the teeth no longer receive nutrients and the tooth structure becomes brittle.
Inevitably, this will shorten the life of the teeth, which is a very big risk to take at the cost of beauty.
May not be exactly the same color as natural teeth
Ceramic is transparent and comes in a wide range of colors, making it possible to reproduce tones that are as close as possible to the color of natural teeth.
However, there is far more variety in the color of an individual's teeth than in ceramics,It may not be possible to achieve exactly the same color as natural teeth.
The color may not match the natural teeth when whitened.
Whitening is a procedure that bleaches and whitens natural teeth.
Although it is possible to whiten natural teeth to match the color of a ceramic made whiter,Note that it is difficult to make the exact same color.
Also,Ceramic cannot be whitened by whitening.
If the ceramic is made to match the color of the natural teeth before whitening, it is likely that only the ceramic will be darker and float after the natural teeth are whitened.
Ceramic Life Span
- May need to be rebuilt before its lifespan is up.
- Lifespan of about 10-20 years.
Lifespan of about 10-20 years.
Ceramic in 10 to 20 years,
- Coloration to edges
- Fallout due to the longevity of the adhesive holding the ceramic to the tooth
- Ceramic wear, etc.
Because of the reasons for the life span of the product,It will be necessary to rebuild or redo the treatment.
Not always, and depending on maintenance and oral conditions, it may last 30 years or more, but basicallyIt is not something that will last a lifetime.
May need to be rebuilt before its lifespan is up.
Ceramic is less elastic than plastic and is more susceptible to cracking and chipping.
Especially by grinding, clenching, or bumping the teeth,In some cases, they break before their lifespan is up.
Basically, they cannot be repaired, and if they are broken, the ceramic will have to be rebuilt.
- Cost is high because it is not covered by insurance.
- Maintenance and re-creation costs.
Cost is high because it is not covered by insurance.
Whether for aesthetic or therapeutic purposes,Treatment using ceramics is expensive because it is not covered by insurance.
The market price is about 100,000 yen per unit, but there are several types of ceramics, and esthetic and strong ceramics are more expensive.
The cost also varies from dentist to dentist.
Maintenance and re-creation costs.
To use ceramics for their full life span,Maintenance is required to have it cleaned and checked for damage.
Also, even after maintenance, depending on the bite and the condition of the mouth, the teeth may need to be rebuilt.
Because the treatment is self-funded, though, re-creation is free or the cost is discounted if it is within the ceramic's warranty,Rebuilding for reasons not covered by warranty or outside of warranty coverage will be costly.
What You Need to Know Before You Regret Having Your Teeth Ceramic
Before having your teeth made ceramic, it is important to understand and confirm the following
- Treatment should also take into account the bite
- Always check the color of the ceramic.
- Ceramic is not the only way to whiten teeth.
- People with smoking habits also tend to have shorter ceramic life spans
- Brushing is essential even after teeth are made ceramic.
Treatment should also take into account the bite
Ceramic is easily broken and will crack under the force of biting if not created with the bite in mind.
Pre-treatment counseling,Be sure to have your bite checked as well.
Always check the color of the ceramic.
Do not leave the color of ceramics to the dentist or dental technician,Be sure to check the color match and the timing of the trial fit.
Ceramic is not the only way to whiten teeth.
If you have healthy teeth,There are many ways to whiten teeth besides ceramic.
Teeth bleaching whitening can give you whiter teeth without grinding or removing the nerves.
There is also a method called laminate veneers, which requires less tooth grinding than ceramic.
Ceramic is a high-risk procedure for the life of the teeth. If your goal is simply to whiten healthy teeth, consider other methods.
People with a smoking habit also have a shorter ceramic life span.
Because people with a smoking habit are more prone to periodontal disease,The tooth that serves as the foundation for the ceramic is easily damaged.
Even if a ceramic covering is applied to a beautiful tooth, if the underlying tooth is ruined, it will all be in vain.
Maintenance is required after teeth are made ceramic.
Ceramic is less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease than metal or plastic.
However,If you take care of them incorrectly or neglect to brush your teeth, they will be ruined in no time.
After having ceramics done, make sure to brush your teeth carefully on a daily basis and do not neglect the care to protect your underlying teeth, along with regular maintenance at the dentist.
Let's understand the risks so we don't regret having dental ceramics.
Ceramic teeth can give you beautiful, white teeth in a short period of time.
However, the risks to natural healthy teeth are significant, so make sure you understand the risks before doing so to avoid regrets.
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365dentist General Supervisor Dentist/Yukiko Katsuya
Graduated from Nagasaki University School of Dentistry, ~2018 Kyushu Medical Center, 2018-present Working at a dental clinic in Tokyo
After completing clinical training, worked in cosmetic dentistry in Tokyo. Currently a dentist and dental writer.